1. Herald Congress suicide: Playing to 1970s-type socialism, does not want reform

Herald Congress suicide: Playing to 1970s-type socialism, does not want reform

Those accusing PM Narendra Modi and FM Arun Jaitley of having pushed the National Herald case against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 9, 2015 11:48 PM
As for the National Herald case, it has to be kept in mind it first came up in 2013, when the Congress party was in power, so there was no question of the BJP leadership trying to come up with it to put pressure on the party to pass the GST Bill, or any other legislation for that matter.

The National Herald case first came up in 2013, when the Congress party was in power, so there was no question of the BJP leadership trying to come up with it to put pressure on the party to pass the GST Bill, or any other legislation for that matter. (In photo: Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha)

sunil jain Those accusing PM Narendra Modi and FM Arun Jaitley of having pushed the National Herald case against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to pressure the party to support the GST Bill and other legislation must keep in mind that, if Modi and Jaitley had their way, they would have preferred the case not coming up right now as it was always obvious the Congress was looking for excuses to stall reforms. Even at the time the prime minister was inviting Sonia Gandhi and former prime-minister Manmohan Singh for tea to discuss the GST Bill, the newly-invigorated Rahul Gandhi was harking back to his grandmother’s old socialist rhetoric – in much the same way his mother had over the past decade. It is for this reason that, while sensibly arguing against the 1% inter-state levy in the GST Bill, the Congress packed other unreasonable demands like putting an 18% ceiling on the GST tax rate in the Bill itself – the surest way of ensuring the GST Bill never went through.

So, after trying to ensure tempers didn’t cool – contrast this with the calm showed by the prime minister during the debates on both the Constitution as well as intolerance – the day of the meeting, Rahul was telling national TV that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had called upon Congress leaders under pressure, and that the party’s strategy was not of consultation. He then went on say the BJP was out to hurt the interests of farmers with the Land Bill and it was the Congress party that had ensured the Bill never went through – never mind that India needs land for industrialization and urbanization if the same farmers are to be lifted out of poverty, or that farmers would be better off if they were going to get 4 times the value of their property under the BJP’s Bill; nor was any thought paid to land acquisition during Congress and other regimes at throwaway prices. And then, amazingly for a party that has just lost the national elections so badly it could not even get the necessary seats to qualify for the leader of Opposition post in Parliament, Rahul Gandhi said the labour reforms proposed by the BJP were going to hurt labour and the Congress would do its best to stop them – everyone knows the so-called pro-labour policy of the last 68 years has ensured poor jobs growth and so-called anti-labour reforms would do more to generate jobs; in other words, Rahul was hoping he’d be able to convince the electorate of the same rhetoric that failed in the elections 18 months ago.

As for the National Herald case, it has to be kept in mind it first came up in 2013, when the Congress party was in power, so there was no question of the BJP leadership trying to come up with it to put pressure on the party to pass the GST Bill, or any other legislation for that matter. The allegations, first made by Niti Central, were straight-forward – that Congress leaders like Sonia and Rahul Gandhi had connived to take over the National Herald, using the Congress party’s money, and that this was done with an eye to the property owned by the newspaper. Whether the allegations hold water or not, is for the courts to decide, and that is where the matter is. If all malfeasance charges against politicians are to be settled out of court – which is what the Congress party’s strategy seems to be amounting to – it is a sad day for Indian democracy.

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    Bv subash
    Dec 9, 2015 at 5:29 pm
    A matter is in the court and a judge is given the responsibility to look in to the issue. but then why influence him by raising the issue outside the court like, parliament, media etc. are we not corrupting our system in the name of democracy etc.When our politicians will mature.
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      abksharma
      Dec 9, 2015 at 8:44 am
      true story... I blaimed my middle cl credientials for my underachievement but EOD its congress for 60 years
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        BG
        Dec 9, 2015 at 8:19 am
        Well put!!
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          Raghavan
          Dec 10, 2015 at 1:09 am
          This family should get out of India so country can make progress. In the name of poor and secularism this party has ed up the country last 60 years with poor not beneed and only lead to corruption, merit taking back seat and no jobs created
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            Jacob
            Dec 9, 2015 at 8:58 am
            You got some gall saying it was the Congress who is stopping the GST. This case is slam dunk vendetta. And I feel there are way more important cases like the Bofors cases which can dock the his more than this can. The case that was made against Indira hi when she was disbarred as an MP was she gave a speach and stood on a platform which did not adheer to the EC set specifications and she did use her officers for sending in her nomination papers. This is nothing but vendetta politics and that's why it's not good for the reforms process.
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              R KAYAL
              Dec 9, 2015 at 9:15 am
              TRUE, THESE POLITICIANS LOVE ONLY POWER, HAVE NO VALUE FOR WHAT PEOPLE WANT OR COUNTRY NEED. We TALK ABOUT TERRORIST BUT THESE POLITICIAN DAMAGED THIS COUNTRY more than ......
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                R KAYAL
                Dec 9, 2015 at 9:16 am
                They only want oppose each other's policies. DESH a khde me.
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                  Vivek
                  Dec 9, 2015 at 11:07 pm
                  It's a sad day indeed! You, like so many others, jump on religion instead of talking about issues. Farewell, India, I knew ye well!
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                    Vivek
                    Dec 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
                    Subramaniac Swamy is the attack dog of the BJP. That much is clear, given his record of constant litigation against the INC. That said, the National Herald is/was, to all intents and purposes, a Congress mouthpiece just like The Organiser is a BJP mouthpiece. So the question of the Congress "trying to control" the National Herald is redundant. Furthermore, if the National Herald could not pay back its 90 crore debt, but had ets worth 2000 crore as Subramaniac suggests, could/would it not sell off a portion of its ets to pay off the debt? Sure, this is an internal Congress switcharoo, to effectively bring the National Herald under the YIL umbrella, but is it actually fraud? And is there anyone looking over the finances of The Organiser?
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                      n
                      Dec 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm
                      INDIAN CHRISTIAN SUPPORTING THE ITALIAN CHRISTIANS WITHOUT GOING INTO THE DETAILS OF THE CASE. WHAT A SAD DAY.
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                        Narendra M
                        Dec 10, 2015 at 10:11 am
                        (1) It is true that in case of alleged irregularities in the National Herald case, legal facts have become irrelevant as it has become more of a political battle. Though all citizens are not aware of the nature of alleged irregularities/fraud committed by the accused (Ms Sonia hi, Rahul hi & others) in National Herald case, what is obvious is that the Congress party is desperate to use the said case as a tool to disrupt the Parliament. Citizens feel that should not happen as otherwise it will a repeion of what happened during the UPA regime. Hence what can be done is that there can be expeditious hearing of National Herald case and the trial Court can make efforts to deliver its judgment in a few months. Would the Congress leaders be ready for that? (2) Let us be frank about it: as regards their atude to functioning of Parliament, both BJP and the Congress have misused the so-called strategy of disruptions. If Congress resorts to disruptions, the w country will be the loser by dela page of GST and other bills. It is, however, true that BJP has no moral authority to blame the Congress or others as Mr. Arun Jaitley had justified disruptions of Parliament as a legitimate strategy of opposition parties. Unfortunately we citizens will be losers as both the Congress and BJP make use Parliament to score political points.
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                          naresh
                          Dec 9, 2015 at 8:45 am
                          well said ........wake up congress, people well matured can judge who is blocking bills ...........
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                            son of
                            Dec 9, 2015 at 8:52 am
                            Completely agree with you... Scamgress is trying to surge on old rhetoric which matured people can very well judge. Talking on broader perspective, now its turn of our farmer communities to judge this guys, vote above cast, religion and malafied messages created by so called farmer friendly party. I am sure Scamgress and its friend will put all their attempt to keep poor always poor and misinformed.
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                              parveen
                              Dec 9, 2015 at 8:39 am
                              truly opined
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                                plak
                                Dec 9, 2015 at 9:20 am
                                Bro, people ociated with Bofors are either dead or way out of India's reach. With all due respect, this case is not new it was filed in 2013 and finally now coming to light. There is a clear scam involved here, how come 50 lakhs are enough to buy a company with ets worth 2000-5000 crores?
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                                  prabhu12
                                  Dec 9, 2015 at 8:23 am
                                  absolutely correct
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                                    Sajjan Sharma
                                    Dec 9, 2015 at 9:15 am
                                    Sonia and Rahul hi had connived to take over the National Herald, using the Congress party’s money, and that this was done with an eye to the property owned by the newspaper.
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                                      SK GOLAM
                                      Dec 9, 2015 at 9:05 am
                                      All government explanations apart,the timing of the summons to Rahul and Sonia on the Herald case,just when the GST and other major legislations were awaiting parliamentary approvals,is questionable and debatable just for the sake of transparency of good intentions.However,we hope good sense would prevail on both sides to tide over the logjam in Parliamentary Proceedings at least for people's sake in whose name our leaders do everything worthwhile.
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                                        surbhi
                                        Dec 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm
                                        we are ready to do anything but not the development of this country...
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                                          Milind
                                          Dec 9, 2015 at 9:48 am
                                          Or do vote congress to, or do vote RJD ko ....... Rajya sabha bhung, lok sabha ma s ..... no bills only chatoo hi family .... wah reh janta ..... Bihar ki janta, proud of you .....
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                                            titm
                                            Dec 9, 2015 at 8:10 am
                                            well said
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