Apropos of the news report “Sidhu decides against floating political party” (FE, September 22), it is intriguing to learn that days after announcing the launch of Aawaaz-e-Punjab with the active support of three Punjab MLAs, Pargat Singh and the Bains brothers, Sidhu has suddenly announced that he will not float a party to contest elections to the Punjab State Assembly scheduled for 2017. He pleads that he does not wish to play “spoilsport” by dividing anti-incumbency votes against the ruling political combine SAD-BJP here. Really? What about the political future of Suchha Singh Chottepur (former Punjab State Convener) and many others who were unceremoniously expelled from the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi party by Arvind Kejriwal and were expected to join Sidhu’s newly established political platform? There was a lot of speculation about Sidhu’s joining Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP after he tendered his resignation as a Rajya Sabha member (BJP) from the state. However, as the talks with AAP’s leadership did not fructify as per his wishes, the cricketer-turned-politician created a huge political flutter by announcing his own Aawaaz-e-Punjab party, making some lofty claims about saving the honour of Punjab and Punjabiyat too. But what about the future of his widely proclaimed noble cause now as he is now seen talking about alliance for betterment of Punjab? What does this mean? Has he finally been won over by Arvind Kejriwal? Sheer opportunism is another name of politics.
SK Gupta, Delhi
Acting tough on separatists
Apropos of the recent report “Modi govt may act tough with separatists, withdraw passports, whittle down security”, it is quite obvious that after the separatists cold-shouldered the all-party delegation of MPs, the Centre was expected to harden its attitude towards them and make their foreign travel difficult and scale down the security they enjoy at the exchequer’s cost. In fact, withdrawal of their passports was long overdue as they have all along been claiming to be Pakistan’s supporters and have been blatantly indulging all sorts of anti-national activities at the behest of their remote controllers (read: LeT, HM, JuD, etc) sitting pretty there. The extremely volatile situation in Kashmir is the handiwork of these separatists groups who are shamelessly enjoying Indian hospitality. The Centre’s decision to scrutinise their bank accounts and complete pending investigations in cases against them must be carried out in a time-bound manner. Further, they should be handled with an iron hand as they have proved to an incorrigible lot despite the government having tried various conciliatory moves time and again. Though the government is upset with the Hurriyat leaders, this arrogant stand could also have caused a self-goal for the latter as they actually missed a golden opportunity to sit and discuss their genuine concerns with the government’s representatives. Since the current cycle of mindless violence (being instigated by these separatists) has now taken a serious turn, it must end forthwith. The state government must also come forward with a locally workable action-plan. It is time to nip the evil in the bud.
Kumar Gupt, Panchkula (Haryana)
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