India out. GST war on islam. Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier (write to: abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com)

India run out.

GST war on islam.

Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane as Morocco Premier

-DR. ABDUL RUFF

abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com

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Parliament in Rabat, Morocco, 20 November 2011

I – Poll

Moroccans have elected new lower house of parliament on 25 November, in the first national vote since the approval of constitutional reforms in July billed as laying the foundations for a fully-fledged constitutional monarchy. Moderate Islamists, as expected, did well the vote after a similar success in Tunisia’s first democratic election a month ago and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) emerged as the biggest party in Friday’s parliamentary elections.

The Justice and Development Party (PJD) took 107 seats out of the 395 in Parliament, almost twice as many as the second-place nationalist Istiqlal party, with 60 seats. The election was held more than a year early, after pro-democracy demonstrations swept the country earlier this year as part of the regionwide Arab Spring.

The leader of a moderate Islamist party Abdelilah Benkirane has been appointed by King Mohammed VI as Morocco’s new prime minister. Abdelilah will now hold talks on forming a coalition government.  His Justice and Development Party has not been in government before.

The PJD’s victory follows that of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party in an election there last month. Following elections, King Mohammed VI is for the first time obliged to choose the prime minister from the largest party, rather than naming whoever he pleases. King Mohammed received Benkirane, who is the PJD’s secretary general, in the mountain town of Midelt and named him head of government with the task of forming a new government.

Under a new constitution approved by referendum in July, the king has to choose a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. The constitution also gives the prime minister more powers to govern, but the king still has the final say on issues of defence, security and religion. The reforms were supported by all the main political parties, which called on their supporters to back the proposals in the referendum.

The 20 February movement, which spearheaded Morocco’s pro-democracy protests earlier this year, has called for a boycott of the elections, dismissing them as a “piece of theatre”. It says the constitutional changes approved in July are superficial, and perpetuate a “facade of democracy” that – it says – has disguised continuing royal rule for decades.

King Mohammed VI presented the constitutional changes as a far-reaching concession to Arab Spring-style pro-democracy protests, but activists believe they will do little to change the actual power structure and have called for a boycott of the elections. As a result of the constitutional changes approved by 98% of those voting in a 1 July referendum, the position of the prime minister, who must now be appointed from the largest party in parliament, has also been enhanced, gaining the authority to appoint government officials and dissolve parliament.  However, the parliament will have a greater share of power and – in theory – will play the leading role in a legislative process previously dominated by the king.

Benkirane, who was elected head of his party in 2008, leads its more pro-monarchy faction. He has repeatedly stated his support for a strong king, even though some of his colleagues would prefer a less powerful ruler. “The head of the state is king and no-one can govern without him,” he told supporters. The PJD has said it will promote Islamic finance. However, it has avoided focusing on issues such as alcohol and headscarves for women.

Many of the protesters who took to the streets in February feel the reforms still fall far short of their demands for a democratic, constitutional monarchy, and have called for a boycott. Ahead of the poll, the sleepy calm of the capital, Rabat, was occasionally punctuated by the marches of unemployed graduates. But the country’s powerful monarchy and the system that supports it appear to have averted any direct, mortal challenge for now.

A low turnout in the parliamentary poll would detract from the legitimacy of King Mohammed VI’s reforms and could hint at future problems.

II – Morocco

The Kingdom of Morocco is the most westerly of the North African countries known as the Maghreb. To the south, the status of Western Sahara remains unresolved. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975 and a guerrilla war with Algerian-backed pro-independence forces ended in 1991. UN efforts have failed to break the political deadlock. To the north, a dispute with Spain in 2002 over the tiny island of Perejil revived the issue of the sovereignty of Melilla and Ceuta. The small enclaves on the Mediterranean coast are surrounded by Morocco and have been administered by Madrid for centuries.

Strategically situated with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, but with a rugged mountainous interior, it stayed independent for centuries while developing a rich culture blended from Arab, Berber, European and African influences.  However, Morocco was a French protectorate from 1912 to 1956, when Sultan Mohammed became king. He was succeeded in 1961 by his son, Hassan II, who ruled for 38 years. He played a prominent role in the search for peace in the Middle East, given the large number of Israelis of Moroccan origin, but was criticized for suppressing domestic opposition. A truth commission set up to investigate human rights violations during Hassan’s reign confirmed nearly 10,000 cases, ranging from death in detention to forced exile. After his death in 1999 Hassan was succeeded by his son, who became King Mohammed VI and was seen as a modernizer. There has been some economic and social liberalization, but the monarch has retained sweeping powers.

King Mohammed is aided by a powerful propaganda machine – his image adorns streets and shops across the country. Central to the monarchical regime’s strength is its longevity – the Alaoui dynasty gained control of most of Morocco in 1664 – and its claim of descent from the Prophet Muhammad. The king has tremendous religious and political capital – it’s not just the king but the whole political establishment, the monarchy and the “makhzen” provide for the patronage network that embodies Morocco’s ruling elite.

Moroccan citizens, many of them poor and illiterate and living in rural areas, are made to believe that the monarch has a special gift or blessing and they feel that they have some psychological relationship with the king. Symbolic rituals also boost his status. In an annual ceremony of allegiance, the “bay’a”, Moroccan officials bow before the king as he parades on a horse.

Despite these traditional trappings, the monarchy under the 48-year-old king has taken on a more modern, reformist image. His father, Hassan II, ran a notoriously brutal regime between 1961 and 1999. Opponents were tortured and protests repressed.  1965, the interior minister at the time, Gen Mohammed Oufkir, supervised a crackdown on demonstrations in Casablanca from a helicopter while – according to one story – personally spraying rioters with a machine gun. But a process of gradual reform began in the final years of Hassan’s rule, and continued with his son. It included a family law that advanced women’s rights and a truth commission that explored abuses under King Hassan – though none of those responsible were prosecuted.

Along with Ennahda in Tunisia and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey, it places itself within a contemporary movement to promote and respect Islam and reconcile Islam and democracy. Coalitions of more secular, royalist parties have tried to smother it and the Islamists have found it hard to directly challenge the king because of his religious status as “commander of the faithful”. It too is seen by many as being in the pocket of the palace. The PJD here in Morocco is presenting the ‘third way’ between revolution and the uncertainty of the current system.

The toppling of long-standing leaders in Tunisia and Egypt at the beginning of the year is widely seen as having caught the Moroccan regime off-guard, at a time when the reform process had stagnated. As Morocco’s own protest movement took shape, a long-held taboo was breached. It’s the first time in Morocco that the king was openly criticized and they didn’t shoot people. Instead, the monarchy’s response was to promise changes including rights guarantees and more powers for the parliament. These were enshrined in a new constitution that was approved by referendum in July.

III – Observations

Maybe, the Arab World is in the process of changing but Arabs still don’t know the results and what will happen in Egypt, Tunisia, Syria or Yemen especially the destruction of Libya by the NATO-UNSC terror organizations. The moderately Islamist Justice and Development Party (PJD), which has been buoyed by the recent reforms, and by the gains Islamists have made elsewhere in the region, could win the election and so supply the next prime minister.

Leaders of Morocco claim they are presenting the way of reform without losing the stability, the unity of the country- but at the same time furthering the democratic agenda of Morocco.

Morocco’s ruling elite thinks it has skillfully sidestepped the revolutionary fervor sweeping the Arab world by offering a milder, more peaceful vision of change. Critics of the reforms point in particular to the fact that the king will still have wide-ranging executive powers, in particular control over foreign, defence and security policy. Activists also say the reforms will not end the behind-the-scenes dominance of the “makhzen” – a power apparatus of veteran politicians, powerful businesspeople, the security forces and royal officials controlled by the king through a system of patronage.

Morocco is bidding for membership of the European Union, its main trade partner, but there appears to be little enthusiasm for this within the bloc.

Morocco has been given the status of non-Nato ally by Washington, which has praised its support for the US-led war on terror. After deadly suicide bombings in Casablanca in 2003, Morocco launched a crackdown on suspected Islamic militants.

The message of a democratic agenda and gradual change is one that has gone down well with Morocco’s allies in the anti-Islamic US and Europe who promote pro-west leaders in Muslim world and destabilize the Muslim nations if the leaders do not buy CIA terror gimmicks…

Political and poll bribery is common. Sheep were being handed out to voters, and over the last few months, the protest movement has been subject to a smear campaign, arrests, and intimidation at the hands of shadowy groups of pro-monarchy thugs known as “baltaja”. But Moroccans say they will show the Western world that Morocco can bring about a gentle revolution and the nation can travel towards a real democracy.

In Morocco elections are never decisive as the king retains ultimate control and though parliament has more power, parties are weak. The electoral system is prepared on purpose not to let anyone succeed, so it’s impossible to get more than 20% of the seats in parliament and this is to allow the monarchy to dominate. The manipulation of the party system is just one of the old-fashioned tactics still being deployed to bolster the status quo.  According to analysts, the reforms passed this year are largely cosmetic, and there is no guarantee they will be put into practice on the ground. However, so long as it plays the NATO fiddle well, it has got nothing to worry.

Claims, fake or real, of descent from the Prophet Muhammad (Peace) by a few pampered Muslim leaders might be fashionable but are ridiculous if they decline to promote true Islam in the society. Moroccan king clams the same of being a descent from the Prophet Muhammad but he shamelessly sides with NATO terrorism and western anti-Islamism. A Muslim nation that promotes anti-Islamism and helps, directly or otherwise, the anti-Islamic GST rogues and refuses to promote Islamic way of life and institutionalize Islamic law on daily basis ceases to be a Muslim nation.  Muslim leaders in such societies are guilty of anti-Islamic crimes.

Elected premier Islamist leader Abdelilah Benkirane, though worships the king, has a responsibly constructive role to play in this regard so that Islam takes firm roots in the society. Americans, Britishers and other western terrocrats cannot help him or Morocco in this regard. Benkirane’s pro-people policies and their proper implementation would greatly benefit not just Muslims but entire humanity in some measure.

Muhammad praying at the Ka’ba.

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د. عبد راف

Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than “terrorism” Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA  & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com

India: Mamata Banerjee defeats Congress-Communist alliance, takes oath as CM of West Bengal for second time!

 

India: Mamata Banerjee defeats Congress-Communist alliance, takes oath as CM of West Bengal for second time!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Unlike  the neighboring Assam where the ruling Congress party lost to BJP party in the May assembly poll , letting the  fanatic Hindutva  party to come to power for the fist time in history, West Bengal has retained the  government of TMC of Mamata Banerjee.

 

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as Chief Minister of West Bengal on Friday, the 27th May, beginning her second stint in the once-Left dominated State.  She took oath of office and secrecy in Kolkata on Red Road.  . She has already submitted her list of council of Ministers to Governor K N Tripathi. Forty-one ministers, including 17 new faces, were sworn in along with her in batches at a function at Red Road in central Kolkata.  “There will be representation from all districts, except Malda. In Malda we don’t have any representation,” Ms. Banerjee had said. Darjeeling and Malda are the two districts where the Trinamool failed to open its account.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among others, attended the function. Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa greeted Mamata on her poll success and for the swearing in ceremony and wished her all success. PM Modi also sent her congratulatory message.

The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) swept the 2016 polls in West Bengal as results for the 294 Assembly constituencies were declared on May 19. TMC won 211 Congress 44 Left 33 BJP 3 Others 4.  TMC gained 27 seats. While despite a grand alliance the Left parties lost 28 seats, the Congress has marginally gained by getting 2 more seats. The TMC has won the assembly poll by decimating all three other major stakeholders, CPM, Congress – both former rulers of the North Eastern state – and BJP which does not have any base in the state. TMC’s victory is historic as both former ruling parties Congress and CPM had fought the poll in alliance of strange bed fellows.

Generally, swearing in ceremony used to take place at Governor’s palace in Kolkata but this time CM Mamata was too eager to let the public also witness the ‘historic’ function. Mamata wanted everyone to join the unique celebrations when she took oath as Chief Minister of West Bengal for a second time on Friday, and so a portion of Kolkata’s arterial Red Road had been closed to traffic for preparations.

As expected West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) obtained brute majority in assembly polls held in May. The imaginary act of miscalculations of the CPI-M to defeat the TMC by the opportunist alliance with Congress has been exposed and it was no less than a mischief against Bengalis, as evident from the decline in vote-share and seat count. After losing 28 seats, the front is now a fringe player in a state which had been its stronghold for 34 years.

Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress expected to host one lakh people at the ceremony, apart from about 200 dignitaries.  Red Road – which connects important Kolkata addresses like Fort William where the Army is headquartered, the state assembly and the high court – is now being turned into a sea of blue and white, Mamata Banerjee’s favourite colors. A giant stage, situated on the road, was air conditioned and had three interconnected blocks.

 

As Mamata Banerjee won a second term as chief minister winning with an even bigger majority than in the last assembly elections in West Bengal people are celebrating all over the state. She trampled upon the opposition, handing the Left its worst ever defeat.

The Left-Congress alliance ultimately failed to bring any color and was washed away by the green wave. As Mamata Banerjee took on her throne for another five years, jokes buzzed around on social media circles of Didi going ‘national’. In one of the memes, ‘Didi’ turned into an all powerful Goddess Durga while her Birbhum strongman Anubrata Mondal became her vahan, riding on whom she is shown scoring over the Left!

 

 

This assembly election was a battle between Mamata Banerjee on one side and the Congress-Left alliance and a nondescript BJP on the other. With 211 seats — a significant improvement from the last assembly tally — the 2016 results are a landslide in her favour. The opposition is reduced to a rump. Nothing worked in its favour. On the contrary, trying to mine the Narada and Saradha scams, the central Kolkata flyover collapse and crying hoarse over TMC-sponsored violence have proved to be counter-productive. The people of Bengal had overwhelmingly voted to give her a brute majority.

There are several factors behind the Left’s decimation. One of them is it had underestimated Banerjee’s charisma, her simplicity and plain appeal to common people. To say the people love her would be a tad exaggeration, but they certainly do not want the Left to return. The Red rule still conjures up depressing memories and they hate the left leaders more than the Congressmen. The Left Front’s credibility nosedived further when a section of its loyal supporters saw the alliance as opportunism. It’s not hard to imagine the people’s exasperation with the CPI-M. Surjya Kanta Mishra, the face of the alliance and its chief ministerial candidate, lost by a huge margin.

 

Bengalis consider Mamata (sister/deedi) as a true communist in green-white dress code.  The Left’s blunders have definitely helped the Trinamool Congress, but Banerjee has also played her cards well. She may not have brought big-ticket projects to the state, but her dole politics has kept Bengal’s workforce — 98 per cent of which work in the unorganized sector — happy. In rural Bengal, welfare measures like grains at Rs2 per kilo, financial incentives for girl child’s education and distributing freebies like bicycles have helped her in good measure. The state has come down to a level where the people have realized the impossibility of attracting huge investments for industries from Gujarat and Maharashtra. They are satisfied even if Bengal’s financial prospects appear bleaker than never before.

Banerjee’s other trump card has been providing free housing to the extremely poor in six backward districts and offering employment to villagers in the once Naxal-dominated Junglemahal. This is unprecedented in Indian history. There is no reason as to why people should be unhappy with a leader like Mamata.

Ironically, though the BJP’s vote-share has decreased, it still played the party pooper for the CPM-Congress alliance. The BJP had eaten into the support base of these two parties, thus paving the way for TMC’s victory in multi-cornered fights. The same phenomenon was at work in other parts of Bengal as well. What perhaps explains TMC’s clean sweep in Kolkata, which has traditionally voted against the incumbent, has been the saffron party’s rise at the cost of the Congress and CPI-M. Moreover, the TMC’s unprecedented victory has also come with inroads into those districts which were still propping up the Left.

The venue for the oath ceremony, so far conducted at the governor’s residence or Raj Bhawan – which is also close to Red Road – has stirred a controversy over cost and traffic diversion. “Red Road is recognized as the lifeline of Kolkata. So the lifeline is going to be closed for this, only for celebrations at the cost of the public exchequer. This is untenable,” said the Congress’s Adhir Choudhury. BJP also spoke in similar voice.

The Trinamool, however, says there will be no problems for the people as plans have been put in place to tackle the traffic diversion. “All the arrangements by Kolkata Police are very nice. There is no problem for traffic control. Mamata Banerjee wants everyone to be a part of this historic event,” Trinamool Congress worker Kanwar Singh told NDTV.

The Left, which ruled Bengal for three decades, has also lost the Leader of Opposition post to the Congress, with which it had allied in this election.

The CPI-M’s drubbing will not go down well with the central leadership, especially Prakash Karat who was opposed to the tie-up with the Congress while the Bengali members backed by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury supported the alliance. The Congress piggybacking on the CPI-M has only marginally benefited, having increased its count by two seats.

Today, the CPI-M is on the verge of extinction in Bengal. Its saving grace is Tripura and Kerala, though the former will soon be Banerjee’s hunting ground. She has major plans to increase TMC’s footprint.

As it stands, CM Mamata and her TMC are in a strong position and TMC will fulfill all polll promises. Now that she is settled down as CM, Mamata is expected to speed up all developmental projects to  generate employment for the rural and urban populations, halt price rises, modernize transport system, provide quality education and at all levels, including research in universities. Every large town in the state requires facelift urgently.

It should be heartening to know that Mamata Banerjee has not been involved in nay corruption charges during her first term and people have no serious complaints about her rule. In fact, other people’s leaders like Arvind Kejriwal and Nitish Kumar, Mamata also is the hope for future India.

 

Indian politics: fall of Congress party, rise of regional parties!

Indian politics: fall of Congress party, rise of regional parties!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The poll outcomes and political trends in 5 Indian states viz Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Pondicherry and West Bengal that went to poll in May to elect new assemblies clearly show the Congress party as the major loser and also disappointing for BJP as results are a clear warning to both to take people seriously and not to impose their will and fancy on them.

The ruling AIADMK has retained power in Tamil Nadu while the leftists have returned to power in Kerala by defeating the ruling Congress led UDF, while DMK- Congress alliance won in Puducherry, BJP got Assam, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC has comfortably thrashed Congress-CPM alliance in West Bengal. Congress and CPM had ruled the state for decades until  TMC replaced it last time and since then both have failed to make  their presence felt in the state and now they decided to fight the poll jointly. And again they have failed now.

When the counting for all seats in the five states have been ended and results announced, the trends indicate that the Indian voters are now more matured than ever before, especially in Tamil Nadu where the ruling AIADMK won the poll again while DMK has also won sufficient number of MLAs to apply constant pressure on the ruling dispensation so that democracy works.  Although the post poll predictions said Tamil Nadu would have a hung assembly, people did well in providing a clear majority for the ruling AIADMK.

In the Union Territory of Puducherry, Congress-DMK alliance was ahead in the 30-member assembly closely followed by AINRC headed by Chief Minister and former Congressman N Rangaswamy. J Jayalalithaa has won from RK Nagar constituency in Chennai. .AIADMK won Hosur seat by 22,964 votes, wrests the seat from the Congress that held the seat for three terms.

A major casualty of the just occurred in assembly polls in 5 Indian states, as speculated, is the Indian National Congress party with longest history in the country fairing baldy in most of these states, while Hindutva BJP, though also in a bad shape, is trying to find new spots to expand its Hindu vote bank agenda into new states as part of RSS ideology. And the steady fall of Congress signifies existential crisis for the party as its electoral alliance strategy with Communists has also failed in West Bengali, while it lost power to left parties in Kerala and BJP in Assam and it plays subordinate role to DMK in Pondicherry and also in Tamil Nadu where it made some gains as part of DMK led alliance.

When ruling Congress lost Kerala to Communist parties with which it forged alliance in West Bengal only to lose again, the BJP has stormed the North Eastern state Assam for the first time, unseating the clueless Congress. Even before the polls Assam has been on the road to making history with BJP set to get its first government in the North East by dislodging Congress which has been in power for three consecutive terms.
West Bengal has re-elected Trinamool Congress led by CM Mamata Banerjee in a big way. The Congress could take solace from its projected victory in the tiny Union Territory of Puducherry where it is likely to get power in alliance with the DMK. DMK chief and former CM, Karunanidhi has won by over 60,000 votes over AIADMK’s A N R Paneerselvam in Tiruvarur constituency.

In Kerala the defeat of corrupt and scams ridden Congress led UDF was rather expected but now there is a strong feeling among Congress men that had Oommen Chandy quit CM post and let state Congress chief Sudheeran or Ramesh Chennithala, perhaps UDF would have come back. The Muslim League has made enough success in Muslim dominated districts but cannot be in the new government.

In Kerala, the Left Front dislodged Congress from power in an anti-incumbency wave against the corrupt UDF government keeping up the tradition of voting out the incumbent government. Also,  because of the strong effect of anti-incumbency and RSS Hindu vote mobilization strategy, BJP has opened an account for the first time in its political history in Kerala as its candidate and former central railway minister Rajagopal defeated the sitting CPM MLA in Nemom constituency in the capital.  This the first ever win of Rajagopal who so far has never won an election in the state though he contested poll after poll in Kerala during his entire political career and this win uplift his image as loser.  He was made a Rajya Sabha MP by the Vajpayee government and also inducted into his cabinet as rail minister. PM Modi did not adopt the Vajpayee method and Rajagopal remained jobless.  Kerala corporate lords are eager to see a Kerala politician to be made a minister in Modi government but have failed.

CPI (M) veteran V S Achuthanandan won from Malampuzha constituency by a margin of 23,142 votes, defeating C Krishna Kumar of BJP. As it has become clear that her party will retain power, Jayalalithaa has thanked the voters: “I convey my heartiest thanks to voters who have reaffirmed their faith on me and given me another chance. False campaigning by DMK has been defeated. People of Tamil Nadu have rejected family politics carried out by our opponents”.
It argued that there would be change in the attitude and performance of the ruling AIADMK governance and the party faced a serious threat from its arch rival DMK which has got 89 seats against the AIADMK’s 131 seats in the assembly to apply a pressure on the government constantly. Jaya will end liquor culture in a phased manner.
In Kerala outcomes reveal a strong anti-incumbency wave against the ruling Congress led UDF and people voted to oust the corrupt Congress party led government and this explains how BJP also could open an account in the state.

There could be reasons, including the Vijayakanth factor, why Jayalalithaa and her party were elected back to power by the people of Tamil Nadu. We will discuss this in another article.

The TN elections witnessed a multi-cornered fight with the AIADMK, DMK, BJP, PMK and the PWF as the major parties. But it is AIADMK chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who has emerged triumphant and swept the polls. Jayalalithaa has made history as she is the second chief minister after MGR to be elected for a second consecutive term.

Interestingly, the Hindutva BJP has suffered a complete rout in the assembly poll for the first time in years, though it could send an MLA to Kerala assembly and hopes to replace Congress party there in course as per its ideology to make a India free of and without Congress.

Though BJP has won in Assam, it is also on the decline at national and state levels, albeit at a moderate speed. People who had voted for BJP earlier, thinking they are honest and sincere about people’s causes, have rejected the party in the next poll, because they found the Hindutva parties also a bunch of fakes and a copy of the corrupt and dishonest Congress party.

While the BJP is for all practical purposes out of Tamil Nadu, Congress somehow has managed to stay on in the state thanks to its poll alliance with DMK. BJP says since the major parties refused to agree for an alliance with it, the Hindutva could be crushed by DMK-AIADMK rivalry.

DMK is down but not out. Although Karunanidhi became the chief minister of the state at a reasonably young age of 45 in 1969, his run continued only till 1977, that too with two interruptions. Since then, it was three consecutive terms of MGR until he died in 1987. In fact, Karunanidhi had to wait for more than a year since MGR’s passing.  Since he returned to power in 1991, it was never a continuous run. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa have been taking turns and by past trend and the verdicts of majority of exit polls, he should have been in office this time. But Jayalalithaa has successfully bucked the trend, and five years will be too long a wait for 91-year-old Karunanidhi. This decade-long banishment from power will be bad not just for Karunanidhi, but for his son Stalin and the DMK as well.

Vijayakanth’s DMDK is a classic example. He had allied with AIADMK in 2011 and notched up more than 8 percent vote-share while winning 29 seats. Soon, he fell out with Jaya and exited the AIADMK front and remained a lone ranger. He, however, continued to be very active in politics, fighting Jaya and energizing his support-base. Recognising his vote-share and popularity, the DMK was very eager to have him in its front in 2016 elections, but he refused. The DMK made repeated overtures, but he wouldn’t pay attention reportedly because of his chief ministerial ambition. Instead, he joined the ragtag team of MDMK and VCK called PWF. The man who had 29 MLAs last time couldn’t win a single seat, including his own. And his mythical vote-share fell to a dismal 2.4 percent.

The story is the same with the PMK as well. It’s a victim of the same grand illusion that the state has space for a non-Dravidian alternative. Unlike in the past, it refused to ally with not only the Dravidian parties, but also others, and ended up playing solo scoring nothing except a lone seat. The leader of the party and the man who claimed to be the most suitable to become the chief minister, Anbumani Ramadoss couldn’t even win his seat.

It’s rather strange that both the DMDK and the PMK did not realize about the inevitability of electoral compromises. Both the DMK and AIADMK are strong cadre-based parties and have historically polarized the state. Although it was the DMK which reaped the initial benefits of the Dravidian ideology, there was enough space for MGR, who was also endowed with a cult following, to split this support base.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has tendered his resignation to Governor PB Acharya following Congress’ defeat in the just-concluded Assembly polls. Congress could manage to win only 26 seats while the BJP-led alliance swept to power in the state winning 86 seats in the recently concluded Assembly polls. The three-time Chief Minister did not speak to media persons waiting outside the Raj Bhawan after tendering his resignation.

In West Bengal the victory of incumbent TMC led by Mamata Banerjee is indeed historic as it defeated the formidable alliance of Congress-Communists- both have got disillusioned now.
In Tamil Nadu the ruling AIADMK could win the poll almost all alone and defeated DMK-Congress led airbus alliance. While PMK has got a MLA in the new assembly the PWA, which has given a lot of hopes of the youth, has failed to make it to the assembly. The issue would be debated in public.

Interestingly, Congress has promoted the BJP to blackmail Muslims voters to vote for the Congress party if they want to protect themselves form  the Hindutva forces live in the country and used it to target and control Muslims in India but now BJP wants to finish off the Congress party and consume its vote banks.

While Congress has nothing to show to the world as its ‘record’ in the regional polls, the BJP has managed the show in Assam by harping on foreigners’ issue (Bangladeshis). Hindutva parties cannot think of positive politics  and one wonders if it can change its communal  agenda any time in future for fear of losing Hindu votes

 

Congress-BJP nexus

 

There is no doubt that Congress and BJP play, like their product IPL, a joint game in the country’s politics even as they pretend to be fighting one another for power at national and regional levels.

The truth is that the BJP was the creation of the Congress party to target Muslims vote banks so that Muslims fearing the Hindutva crimes simply vote for the Congress party, not knowing the hidden nexus between them. The way both Congress and BJP delay the Supreme Court judgment to get back the Babri mosque for worshipping Allah the almighty, has finally opened the eyes of Indian Muslims – at least many of them if not all – about the hidden anti-Islam agenda of these tow national parties.  They have stopped voting both Congress and BJP and that resulted in the fall of Congress and BJP parties in Delhi state where a new party Aam Aadmi party AAP of Arvind Kejriwal swept the polls with a huge mandate. In order avoid the BJP‘s Hindutva agenda, Muslims vote for Congress. While the Congress is helping BJP to get more Hindu votes, Muslims help Congress take away major chunk of Muslim votes.

Essentially both Congress and BJP, covertly linked to Hindutva RSS, have common roots and Congress indirectly supports BJP as wherever Congress rules or ruled, BJP comes to take over.   BJP has replaced Congress in several Indian states and Indian parliament, and it now rules Goa state with Christian majority. In other words, Congress, seeking to insult and contain, if not undermine importance of, Muslims in the country, makes way for the Hindutva party to replace it.

It appears the era of Congress party is over in India while BJP would enjoy the status of some more time until a national party with sincerity and commitment emerges to save the nation and people.

Corruption ridden Congress thrives and makes a comeback each time after the debacle, due mainly to the fact that Indian politics is not honest enough and bribery and corruption are rampant in the country. No ruling political party, except perhaps the AAP,  is above corruption and  they are not sincere and committed to people’s concerns.

So far, it is impossible to make it out of existence in Indian politics. Of course, each time an obituary was written about the Congress party, it always made a comeback by cleverly playing on the weaknesses of other parties that are equally corrupt. Anti-incumbency of other parties helps the Congress to win polls.

In fact, there is no political party in the country, at national and state levels, that has pursed honest politics.

 

Congress Surgery?

 

Poll outcomes in the high-stakes assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry are shocking for Congress ad not pleasing for the BJP. In West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where the incumbent Trinamool Congress and AIADMK respectively were surging ahead right from the initial rounds of counting, and they have drowned their  foes and  established their  hold on to the people.

Congress high command led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are deeply worried about the unexpected fate of the senior most party in the country. There is a suggestion to make Rahul as the president of the party but Rahul may not be interested in snatching party power from his mother.

The 2016 poll in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal has indeed further strengthened the respective ruling party’s hold over the populations.  Kerala has displayed poor account of the Congress party.

The state elections have clearly shown that Indians have clearly disapproved the Congress party as their rulers and also they are not in a mood to trust the BJP either. In West Bengal where the Congress and Communist parties made poll alliance to defeat the CM Mamata Banerjee’s ruling party TMC, the opposition parties have been decimated as minor parties. It is doubtful if CPM and/or Congress can win elections in the state any time in the near future.

The poll debacle of BJP or DMK misfortunes in Tamil Nadu is not as serious fall as of Congress suffered in most of the states that went to poll in May. Similarly, the debacle of the new alliance PWA or PMK in TN is also could be temporary but BJP’s is a serious concern for the BJP leadership because all their campaigns have ended in disaster for the party.  But both the PWA and PMK have done their initial work as alternative political parties, though they could not win seats or increased their vote shares against the powerful DMK and AIADMK.

One does not know how would Tamil voters have reacted has the DMK declared MK Stalin as the DMK’s CM candidate. There is a suggestion that people would have seen the development as a positive trend in DMK and even the poll outcomes would have been different.  Not very sure!

There have been no changes in the AICC secretariat since the last Lok Sabha polls in which the party had its worst ever performance by securing just 44 seats in the 543-member House.

 

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has made a pitch for a ‘major surgery’ in the organisation after the party’s poor performance in the assembly polls. With the Congress losing power in Assam and Kerala, party President Sonia Gandhi has said it would introspect over the causes of the debacle and work with ‘greater vigor’ for the services of the people. However, taking to micro-blogging site, AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said, “Today’s results disappointing but not unexpected. We have done enough Introspection shouldn’t we go for a Major Surgery?”

 

The Congress rejected suggestions that the party Vice President or President Sonia should accept blame for its debacle in four states. Digvijay’s suggestion has come at a time when there is talk of the much-delayed reshuffle in the AICC secretariat likely to be carried out soon and indications are that Rahul Gandhi could be elevated as party chief. He also added that since the party was under the overall leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, they are the ones who have to take steps to rejuvenate the party and build up a regional leadership. Even Congress leader Shashi Tharoor MP said it is now a time for action, not giving any idea about what exact change they want.

Over all confusion in the party about the future of the party is so strong there is no credible solution to make the party look healthy.  Rampant corruption, insensitive  misrule, promotion of RSS/BJP to blackmail the Muslim voters have  created deep rooted  crisis in the party which the BJP is taking full advantage in polls.

Not only regional parties have come to stay, their number is also increasing in Indian states making their presence felt in Indian parliament too. Not only AIADMK has retained power in Tamil Nadu, even its rival DMK has also improved its strength in the state assembly, denying other parties, including BJP, no chance to make their presence felt in the state.

It appears the BJP, promoted by the Congress party in order to get Muslim vote banks intact, will also fall and disappear unable to face the ire of the people of India. While criticizing Muslims as anti-nationals, the Hindutva hatred propagandists have never explained what kind of extra quality they posses to claim to be ‘patriots’ and what each of them has done for India, apart from creating communal rioting,  thereby killing both Muslims and Hindus – just for Hindu votes in elections and  establishing a criminal, fanatic Hindutva state like Jewish Israel that is hated by one and all?

Falsehood and gimmicks would live for too long.

Is Congress era is over so early?

 

 

 

China condemns G7 interference in South China Sea!

China condemns G7 interference in South China Sea!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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After a prolonged conflict between Russia-G7 (the Group of Seven advanced economies) remaining without any solution so far, now China and G7 are gearing up for a serious conflict which, if not controlled by the big powers, could escalate into a another cold war situation. America’s Asia pivot targeting China (and Russia) and China’s recent military action on South China Sea (SCS) have now placed G7 and China in a conflictual situation. The G-7 grouping comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States. The EU is also represented in the club.

The 42nd G7 advanced economies’ summit, held on May 26–27, 2016 at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Kashiko Island, Shima, Mie Prefecture in central Japan, criticized and even warned against military operations on SCS. Russia is not a part of G7 as USA abandoned the G8 in March 2014 that included Russia and reverted back to G7. The G7 had then declared that a meaningful discussion was not possible with Russia in the context of the G8. Since then, meetings have continued within the G7 process, denying Russia a place on this important international forum of advanced economies.

Leaders of the G7 said they were concerned by the situation in the East China and South China Sea. They reiterated their commitment to maintaining a rules-based maritime order, according to international law, and urged the settlement of disputes by peaceful means, including judicial procedures such as arbitration. At the close of their formal session in Ise-Shima, G7 leaders fired a broadside across China’s bows over its behavior in the region, without mentioning Beijing by name. The foreign ministers had urged all states to refrain from such actions as land reclamations and “building of outposts on South China Sea for military purposes”. The G-7 leaders had stressed the importance of peaceful management and settlement of disputes through peaceful means.
Though the communiqué, issued at the end of the two-day summit on May 27, the G-7 did not mention China by name, but it is apparent the G7 is targeting only China. The G-7 leaders also condemned “in the strongest terms” North Korea’s fourth nuclear test in January and its subsequent launches using ballistic missile technology. These acts pose a grave threat to regional and international peace and security, they said, adding that they also deplored human rights violations in North Korea. On terrorism, the G-7 leaders said they will continue to work together to prevent the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and terrorism-related materials and equipment, as well as to counter terrorism financing. And, on the migrant crisis gripping Europe, the G-7 “encourages the temporary admission of refugees and establishment of resettlement schemes, to alleviate pressure on countries hosting the largest numbers of refugees”.
The G7 demanded that North Korea fully comply with UN Security Council resolutions and halt nuclear tests, missile launches and other provocative actions. The group condemned Russia’s “illegal annexation” of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The declaration threatened further restrictive measures to raise the costs on Moscow but said sanctions could be rolled back if Russia implemented previous agreements and respected Ukraine’s sovereignty.
The G7 expressed concern over the East and South China Seas, where China has been taking more assertive action amid territorial disputes with Japan and several Southeast Asian nations. The G7 reiterated its commitment to the peaceful settlement of maritime disputes and to respecting the freedom of navigation and overflight. The group called for countries to refrain from “unilateral actions which could increase tensions” and “to settle disputes by peaceful means”.
Meanwhile, the refugee crisis gripping Europe is a problem that the whole world must deal with, G7 leaders said, as it called for beefed-up efforts to tackle the root causes of mass migration. The G7 also called large-scale immigration and migration a major challenge and vowed to increase global aid for the immediate and long-term needs of refugees and displaced people.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde and World Bank head Jim Yong Kim, the heads of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Asian Development Bank also attended the summit.

G7 summit focus on global growth

The Group of 7 industrial powers pledged on May 27 to seek strong global growth, while papering over differences on currencies and stimulus policies and expressing concern over North Korea, Russia and maritime disputes involving China. G7 leaders wrapped up a summit in central Japan vowing to use “all policy tools” to boost demand and ease supply constraints. G7 said, in a 32-page declaration, global growth remains moderate and below potential, while risks of weak growth persists.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that global growth is their urgent priority, talking up what he calls parallels to the global financial crisis that followed the 2008 Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, said the G7 shares a strong sense of crisis about the global outlook. The most worrisome risk is a contraction of the global economy, led by a slowdown in emerging economies. Abe has stressed the need for flexible fiscal policy to sustain economic recovery, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been sceptical about public spending to boost growth. The G7 called global industrial overcapacity, especially in steel, a pressing structural challenge with global implications.
Abe told a news conference after chairing the two-day summit that there is a risk of the global economy falling into crisis if appropriate policy responses are not made. In the broad-ranging, the G7 committed to market-based exchange rates and to avoiding competitive devaluation of their currencies, while warning against wild exchange-rate moves. This represents a compromise between the positions of Japan, which has threatened to intervene to block sharp yen rises, and the United States, which generally opposes market intervention.
The G7 encourages international financial institutions and bilateral donors to bolster their financial and technical assistance. It said that a resolution to Syria’s civil war was crucial to plugging the flow of desperate people fleeing across borders. “The G7 recalls that only sustainable political settlements within countries of origin, including Syria, will bring lasting solutions to the problem of forced displacement, including refugees,” the communiqué said.
Large movements of people are a multi-faceted phenomenon, which requires addressing its root causes resulting from conflicts, state fragility and insecurity, demographic, economic and environmental trends as well as natural disasters. The statement came a day after European Council President Donald Tusk warned that the crisis was not just Europe’s problem.

Later, leaders from ‘advanced democracies’ met on Friday with representatives of emerging and developing countries in Asia and Africa. The so-called outreach program involves Chad, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, Vietnam and Laos. G7 host Japan said ahead of the meeting that it would zero in on Asia’s stability and prosperity including “open and stable seas” as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, with a focus on Africa.
The leaders pledged to tackle a global glut in steel, though their statement did not single out China, which produces half of the world’s steel and is blamed by many countries for flooding markets with cheap steel.
The G7 vowed a more forceful and balanced policy mix to achieve a strong, sustainable and balanced growth pattern, taking each country’s circumstances into account, while continuing efforts to put public debt on a sustainable path.

South China Sea

From economic issues, the G7 turned to a topically favourite theme of Chinese ‘interference’ in South China Sea and it appeared the issue got prominence in discussions than expected. Beijing has reiterated that it wants to protect itself from any possible US menace to protect its navigational rights on South China Sea. China is extremely dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done.
The G7 statement angered China and led to Beijing summoning top envoys from the G-7 nations. Beijing lays claim to almost all of the South China Sea, and is now embroiled in a territorial dispute with Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan and the Philippines over conflicting claims to territory in the waterway. Japan and China are involved in a separate dispute in the East China Sea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said this G-7 summit organised by Japan’s hyping up of the South China Sea issue and exaggeration of tensions is not beneficial to stability in the South China Sea.
China was not pleased with the G7 stance. “This G7 summit organised by Japan’s hyping up of the South China Sea issue and exaggeration of tensions is not beneficial to stability in the South China Sea and does accord with the G7’s position as a platform for managing the economies of developed nations,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing. A ruling is expected soon on China’s claims to the South China Sea in a case that the Philippines had brought to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. Beijing has lashed out at the tribunal for “abuse of power”, and said it will ignore its decision.
China’s foreign minister fired a pre-emptive shot at G7 leaders gathering in Japan, warning them not to “escalate tensions” over territorial disputes in the South and East China Seas. Last month, foreign ministers from the G7 angered Beijing by issuing a thinly veiled statement critical of its “island building” activities in the South China Sea over recent years. The issue is expected to be raised again as G7 heads of state and prime ministers begin two days of discussions in Ise-Shima. “We hope the G7 will focus on urgent economic and financial matters,” Wang Yi said at a briefing in Beijing. “We do not want to see actions that escalate tensions in the region.”
Beijing is locked in a dispute with G7 host Japan over rocky outcroppings in the East China Sea, stoking broader concerns about Beijing’s growing regional might and threats to back up its claims with force, if necessary. China, for its part is engaged in a furious diplomatic charm offensive among developing countries, offering aid and trade in what critics see as a naked bid to rally international support to its cause. The roster of countries Beijing claims back its position on the South China Sea includes Mauritania, Togo and land-locked Niger.
Washington is not a claimant in any of the disputes but has accused Beijing of militarizing the contested waters of the South China Sea. Vietnam and the Philippines are engaged in a number of territorial disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea, where the Chinese military has recently completed airstrips and other infrastructure on contested reefs and islets. Manila has successfully rallied international support through its decision to challenge China’s actions in a tribunal at The Hague — an international legal challenge that Beijing has refused to recognize.

John Kerry, US secretary of state, said the lifting of the Vietnam arms embargo was not aimed at China, despite an increasing number of close encounters between the two countries’ militaries. Even UK PM David Cameron, wants to be now China’s “best friend” in the west, urged Beijing to be part of a “rules-based world” and “abide by these adjudications”. The Pentagon recently complained that People’s Liberation Army jet fighters conducted a dangerously close intercept of a US spy aircraft. Chinese state media reported that USA and Japanese naval vessels had kept a close eye on PLA Navy exercises in the western Pacific.
Meanwhile, reports say in September Beijing will host Obama, Cameron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a G20 meeting of developed and developing economies in Hangzhou, where Wan will make clear that his government would not tolerate a debate over regional territorial disputes. China say the G20’s central task is to promote growth and not dispute resolutions.

China fears that Japan and the US will use the G7 meeting to further isolate Beijing over its increasingly assertive posture in the region. The two countries are also leading members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a potential trading bloc that has pointedly excluded China from joining as an inaugural member. The reference to maritime issues comes as tensions build over Beijing’s claims to almost the entire South China Sea, a strategic body of water that encompasses key global shipping lanes. China’s maritime claims and ongoing militarization of islets and outcrops have angered some of its Southeast Asian neighbours, including the Philippines and Vietnam.

Indian politics: fall of Congress party, rise of regional parties!

Indian politics: fall of Congress party, rise of regional parties!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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The poll outcomes and political trends in 5 Indian states viz Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Pondicherry and West Bengal that went to poll in May to elect new assemblies clearly show the Congress party as the major loser and also disappointing for BJP as results are a clear warning to both to take people seriously and not to impose their will and fancy on them.

The ruling AIADMK has retained power in Tamil Nadu while the leftists have returned to power in Kerala by defeating the ruling Congress led UDF, while DMK- Congress alliance won in Puducherry, BJP got Assam, Mamata Banerjee’s TMC has comfortably thrashed Congress-CPM alliance in West Bengal. Congress and CPM had ruled the state for decades until  TMC replaced it last time and since then both have failed to make  their presence felt in the state and now they decided to fight the poll jointly. And again they have failed now.

When the counting for all seats in the five states have been ended and results announced, the trends indicate that the Indian voters are now more matured than ever before, especially in Tamil Nadu where the ruling AIADMK won the poll again while DMK has also won sufficient number of MLAs to apply constant pressure on the ruling dispensation so that democracy works.  Although the post poll predictions said Tamil Nadu would have a hung assembly, people did well in providing a clear majority for the ruling AIADMK.

In the Union Territory of Puducherry, Congress-DMK alliance was ahead in the 30-member assembly closely followed by AINRC headed by Chief Minister and former Congressman N Rangaswamy. J Jayalalithaa has won from RK Nagar constituency in Chennai. .AIADMK won Hosur seat by 22,964 votes, wrests the seat from the Congress that held the seat for three terms.

A major casualty of the just occurred in assembly polls in 5 Indian states, as speculated, is the Indian National Congress party with longest history in the country fairing baldy in most of these states, while Hindutva BJP, though also in a bad shape, is trying to find new spots to expand its Hindu vote bank agenda into new states as part of RSS ideology. And the steady fall of Congress signifies existential crisis for the party as its electoral alliance strategy with Communists has also failed in West Bengali, while it lost power to left parties in Kerala and BJP in Assam and it plays subordinate role to DMK in Pondicherry and also in Tamil Nadu where it made some gains as part of DMK led alliance.

When ruling Congress lost Kerala to Communist parties with which it forged alliance in West Bengal only to lose again, the BJP has stormed the North Eastern state Assam for the first time, unseating the clueless Congress. Even before the polls Assam has been on the road to making history with BJP set to get its first government in the North East by dislodging Congress which has been in power for three consecutive terms.
West Bengal has re-elected Trinamool Congress led by CM Mamata Banerjee in a big way. The Congress could take solace from its projected victory in the tiny Union Territory of Puducherry where it is likely to get power in alliance with the DMK. DMK chief and former CM, Karunanidhi has won by over 60,000 votes over AIADMK’s A N R Paneerselvam in Tiruvarur constituency.

In Kerala the defeat of corrupt and scams ridden Congress led UDF was rather expected but now there is a strong feeling among Congress men that had Oommen Chandy quit CM post and let state Congress chief Sudheeran or Ramesh Chennithala, perhaps UDF would have come back. The Muslim League has made enough success in Muslim dominated districts but cannot be in the new government.

In Kerala, the Left Front dislodged Congress from power in an anti-incumbency wave against the corrupt UDF government keeping up the tradition of voting out the incumbent government. Also,  because of the strong effect of anti-incumbency and RSS Hindu vote mobilization strategy, BJP has opened an account for the first time in its political history in Kerala as its candidate and former central railway minister Rajagopal defeated the sitting CPM MLA in Nemom constituency in the capital.  This the first ever win of Rajagopal who so far has never won an election in the state though he contested poll after poll in Kerala during his entire political career and this win uplift his image as loser.  He was made a Rajya Sabha MP by the Vajpayee government and also inducted into his cabinet as rail minister. PM Modi did not adopt the Vajpayee method and Rajagopal remained jobless.  Kerala corporate lords are eager to see a Kerala politician to be made a minister in Modi government but have failed.

CPI (M) veteran V S Achuthanandan won from Malampuzha constituency by a margin of 23,142 votes, defeating C Krishna Kumar of BJP. As it has become clear that her party will retain power, Jayalalithaa has thanked the voters: “I convey my heartiest thanks to voters who have reaffirmed their faith on me and given me another chance. False campaigning by DMK has been defeated. People of Tamil Nadu have rejected family politics carried out by our opponents”.
It argued that there would be change in the attitude and performance of the ruling AIADMK governance and the party faced a serious threat from its arch rival DMK which has got 89 seats against the AIADMK’s 131 seats in the assembly to apply a pressure on the government constantly. Jaya will end liquor culture in a phased manner.
In Kerala outcomes reveal a strong anti-incumbency wave against the ruling Congress led UDF and people voted to oust the corrupt Congress party led government and this explains how BJP also could open an account in the state.

There could be reasons, including the Vijayakanth factor, why Jayalalithaa and her party were elected back to power by the people of Tamil Nadu. We will discuss this in another article.

The TN elections witnessed a multi-cornered fight with the AIADMK, DMK, BJP, PMK and the PWF as the major parties. But it is AIADMK chief and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who has emerged triumphant and swept the polls. Jayalalithaa has made history as she is the second chief minister after MGR to be elected for a second consecutive term.

Interestingly, the Hindutva BJP has suffered a complete rout in the assembly poll for the first time in years, though it could send an MLA to Kerala assembly and hopes to replace Congress party there in course as per its ideology to make a India free of and without Congress.

Though BJP has won in Assam, it is also on the decline at national and state levels, albeit at a moderate speed. People who had voted for BJP earlier, thinking they are honest and sincere about people’s causes, have rejected the party in the next poll, because they found the Hindutva parties also a bunch of fakes and a copy of the corrupt and dishonest Congress party.

While the BJP is for all practical purposes out of Tamil Nadu, Congress somehow has managed to stay on in the state thanks to its poll alliance with DMK. BJP says since the major parties refused to agree for an alliance with it, the Hindutva could be crushed by DMK-AIADMK rivalry.

DMK is down but not out. Although Karunanidhi became the chief minister of the state at a reasonably young age of 45 in 1969, his run continued only till 1977, that too with two interruptions. Since then, it was three consecutive terms of MGR until he died in 1987. In fact, Karunanidhi had to wait for more than a year since MGR’s passing.  Since he returned to power in 1991, it was never a continuous run. Karunanidhi and Jayalalithaa have been taking turns and by past trend and the verdicts of majority of exit polls, he should have been in office this time. But Jayalalithaa has successfully bucked the trend, and five years will be too long a wait for 91-year-old Karunanidhi. This decade-long banishment from power will be bad not just for Karunanidhi, but for his son Stalin and the DMK as well.

Vijayakanth’s DMDK is a classic example. He had allied with AIADMK in 2011 and notched up more than 8 percent vote-share while winning 29 seats. Soon, he fell out with Jaya and exited the AIADMK front and remained a lone ranger. He, however, continued to be very active in politics, fighting Jaya and energizing his support-base. Recognising his vote-share and popularity, the DMK was very eager to have him in its front in 2016 elections, but he refused. The DMK made repeated overtures, but he wouldn’t pay attention reportedly because of his chief ministerial ambition. Instead, he joined the ragtag team of MDMK and VCK called PWF. The man who had 29 MLAs last time couldn’t win a single seat, including his own. And his mythical vote-share fell to a dismal 2.4 percent.

The story is the same with the PMK as well. It’s a victim of the same grand illusion that the state has space for a non-Dravidian alternative. Unlike in the past, it refused to ally with not only the Dravidian parties, but also others, and ended up playing solo scoring nothing except a lone seat. The leader of the party and the man who claimed to be the most suitable to become the chief minister, Anbumani Ramadoss couldn’t even win his seat.

It’s rather strange that both the DMDK and the PMK did not realize about the inevitability of electoral compromises. Both the DMK and AIADMK are strong cadre-based parties and have historically polarized the state. Although it was the DMK which reaped the initial benefits of the Dravidian ideology, there was enough space for MGR, who was also endowed with a cult following, to split this support base.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has tendered his resignation to Governor PB Acharya following Congress’ defeat in the just-concluded Assembly polls. Congress could manage to win only 26 seats while the BJP-led alliance swept to power in the state winning 86 seats in the recently concluded Assembly polls. The three-time Chief Minister did not speak to media persons waiting outside the Raj Bhawan after tendering his resignation.

In West Bengal the victory of incumbent TMC led by Mamata Banerjee is indeed historic as it defeated the formidable alliance of Congress-Communists- both have got disillusioned now.
In Tamil Nadu the ruling AIADMK could win the poll almost all alone and defeated DMK-Congress led airbus alliance. While PMK has got a MLA in the new assembly the PWA, which has given a lot of hopes of the youth, has failed to make it to the assembly. The issue would be debated in public.

Interestingly, Congress has promoted the BJP to blackmail Muslims voters to vote for the Congress party if they want to protect themselves form  the Hindutva forces live in the country and used it to target and control Muslims in India but now BJP wants to finish off the Congress party and consume its vote banks.

While Congress has nothing to show to the world as its ‘record’ in the regional polls, the BJP has managed the show in Assam by harping on foreigners’ issue (Bangladeshis). Hindutva parties cannot think of positive politics  and one wonders if it can change its communal  agenda any time in future for fear of losing Hindu votes

 

Congress-BJP nexus

 

There is no doubt that Congress and BJP play, like their product IPL, a joint game in the country’s politics even as they pretend to be fighting one another for power at national and regional levels.

The truth is that the BJP was the creation of the Congress party to target Muslims vote banks so that Muslims fearing the Hindutva crimes simply vote for the Congress party, not knowing the hidden nexus between them. The way both Congress and BJP delay the Supreme Court judgment to get back the Babri mosque for worshipping Allah the almighty, has finally opened the eyes of Indian Muslims – at least many of them if not all – about the hidden anti-Islam agenda of these tow national parties.  They have stopped voting both Congress and BJP and that resulted in the fall of Congress and BJP parties in Delhi state where a new party Aam Aadmi party AAP of Arvind Kejriwal swept the polls with a huge mandate. In order avoid the BJP‘s Hindutva agenda, Muslims vote for Congress. While the Congress is helping BJP to get more Hindu votes, Muslims help Congress take away major chunk of Muslim votes.

Essentially both Congress and BJP, covertly linked to Hindutva RSS, have common roots and Congress indirectly supports BJP as wherever Congress rules or ruled, BJP comes to take over.   BJP has replaced Congress in several Indian states and Indian parliament, and it now rules Goa state with Christian majority. In other words, Congress, seeking to insult and contain, if not undermine importance of, Muslims in the country, makes way for the Hindutva party to replace it.

It appears the era of Congress party is over in India while BJP would enjoy the status of some more time until a national party with sincerity and commitment emerges to save the nation and people.

Corruption ridden Congress thrives and makes a comeback each time after the debacle, due mainly to the fact that Indian politics is not honest enough and bribery and corruption are rampant in the country. No ruling political party, except perhaps the AAP,  is above corruption and  they are not sincere and committed to people’s concerns.

So far, it is impossible to make it out of existence in Indian politics. Of course, each time an obituary was written about the Congress party, it always made a comeback by cleverly playing on the weaknesses of other parties that are equally corrupt. Anti-incumbency of other parties helps the Congress to win polls.

In fact, there is no political party in the country, at national and state levels, that has pursed honest politics.

 

Congress Surgery?

 

Poll outcomes in the high-stakes assembly elections in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Puducherry are shocking for Congress ad not pleasing for the BJP. In West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, where the incumbent Trinamool Congress and AIADMK respectively were surging ahead right from the initial rounds of counting, and they have drowned their  foes and  established their  hold on to the people.

Congress high command led by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are deeply worried about the unexpected fate of the senior most party in the country. There is a suggestion to make Rahul as the president of the party but Rahul may not be interested in snatching party power from his mother.

The 2016 poll in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal has indeed further strengthened the respective ruling party’s hold over the populations.  Kerala has displayed poor account of the Congress party.

The state elections have clearly shown that Indians have clearly disapproved the Congress party as their rulers and also they are not in a mood to trust the BJP either. In West Bengal where the Congress and Communist parties made poll alliance to defeat the CM Mamata Banerjee’s ruling party TMC, the opposition parties have been decimated as minor parties. It is doubtful if CPM and/or Congress can win elections in the state any time in the near future.

The poll debacle of BJP or DMK misfortunes in Tamil Nadu is not as serious fall as of Congress suffered in most of the states that went to poll in May. Similarly, the debacle of the new alliance PWA or PMK in TN is also could be temporary but BJP’s is a serious concern for the BJP leadership because all their campaigns have ended in disaster for the party.  But both the PWA and PMK have done their initial work as alternative political parties, though they could not win seats or increased their vote shares against the powerful DMK and AIADMK.

One does not know how would Tamil voters have reacted has the DMK declared MK Stalin as the DMK’s CM candidate. There is a suggestion that people would have seen the development as a positive trend in DMK and even the poll outcomes would have been different.  Not very sure!

There have been no changes in the AICC secretariat since the last Lok Sabha polls in which the party had its worst ever performance by securing just 44 seats in the 543-member House.

 

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has made a pitch for a ‘major surgery’ in the organisation after the party’s poor performance in the assembly polls. With the Congress losing power in Assam and Kerala, party President Sonia Gandhi has said it would introspect over the causes of the debacle and work with ‘greater vigor’ for the services of the people. However, taking to micro-blogging site, AICC General Secretary Digvijaya Singh said, “Today’s results disappointing but not unexpected. We have done enough Introspection shouldn’t we go for a Major Surgery?”

 

The Congress rejected suggestions that the party Vice President or President Sonia should accept blame for its debacle in four states. Digvijay’s suggestion has come at a time when there is talk of the much-delayed reshuffle in the AICC secretariat likely to be carried out soon and indications are that Rahul Gandhi could be elevated as party chief. He also added that since the party was under the overall leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, they are the ones who have to take steps to rejuvenate the party and build up a regional leadership. Even Congress leader Shashi Tharoor MP said it is now a time for action, not giving any idea about what exact change they want.

Over all confusion in the party about the future of the party is so strong there is no credible solution to make the party look healthy.  Rampant corruption, insensitive  misrule, promotion of RSS/BJP to blackmail the Muslim voters have  created deep rooted  crisis in the party which the BJP is taking full advantage in polls.

Not only regional parties have come to stay, their number is also increasing in Indian states making their presence felt in Indian parliament too. Not only AIADMK has retained power in Tamil Nadu, even its rival DMK has also improved its strength in the state assembly, denying other parties, including BJP, no chance to make their presence felt in the state.

It appears the BJP, promoted by the Congress party in order to get Muslim vote banks intact, will also fall and disappear unable to face the ire of the people of India. While criticizing Muslims as anti-nationals, the Hindutva hatred propagandists have never explained what kind of extra quality they posses to claim to be ‘patriots’ and what each of them has done for India, apart from creating communal rioting,  thereby killing both Muslims and Hindus – just for Hindu votes in elections and  establishing a criminal, fanatic Hindutva state like Jewish Israel that is hated by one and all?

Falsehood and gimmicks would live for too long.

Is Congress era is over so early?

 

 

 

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee takes oath today as CM for second time!

 

West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee takes oath today as CM for second time!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) swept the polls in West Bengal as results for the 294 Assembly constituencies were declared on May 19. TMC won 211 Congress 44 Left 33 BJP 3 Others 4.  TMC gained 27 seats. While despite a grand alliance the Left parties lost 28 seats, the Congress has marginally gained by getting 2 more seats. The TMC has won the poll in the just held assembly poll by decimating all three other major stakeholders, CPM, Congress – both former rulers of the North Eastern state – and BJP which does not have any base in the state. TMC’s victory is historic as both former ruling parties Congress and CPM had fought the poll in alliance of strange bed fellows.

The Chief Minister designate of West Bengal and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and her cabinet members (45) will take oath of office and secrecy on 27th May in Kolkata on Red Road.  Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among others will attend the function.

Tamil Nadu CM J. Jayalalithaa greeted Mamata on her poll success and for  the swearing in ceremony and wished her all success in her governance.

Generally, swearing in ceremony used to take place at Governor’s palace in Kolkata but this time CM Mamata is too eager to let the public also witness the ‘historic’ function. Mamata wants everyone to join the unique celebrations when she takes oath as Chief Minister of West Bengal for a second time on Friday, and so a portion of Kolkata’s arterial Red Road has been closed to traffic for preparations.

As expected West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress (TMC) obtained brute majority in assembly polls held in May. The imaginary act of miscalculations of the CPI-M to defeat the TMC by the opportunist alliance with Congress has been exposed and it was no less than a mischief against Bengalis, as evident from the decline in vote-share and seat count. After losing 28 seats, the front is now a fringe player in a state which had been its stronghold for 34 years.

Ms Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress expects to host one lakh people at the ceremony, apart from about 200 dignitaries.  Red Road – which connects important Kolkata addresses like Fort William where the Army is headquartered, the state assembly and the high court – is now being turned into a sea of blue and white, Mamata Banerjee’s favourite colors. A giant stage, situated on the road, will be air conditioned and will have three interconnected blocks.

 

As Mamata Banerjee won a second term as chief minister winning with an even bigger majority than in the last assembly elections in West Bengal people are celebrating all over the state. She trampled upon the opposition, handing the Left its worst ever defeat.

The Left-Congress alliance ultimately failed to bring any color and was washed away by the green wave. As Mamata Banerjee took on her throne for another five years, jokes buzzed around on social media circles of Didi going ‘national’. In one of the memes, ‘Didi’ turned into an all powerful Goddess Durga while her Birbhum strongman Anubrata Mondal became her vahan, riding on whom she is shown scoring over the Left!

 

 

 

This assembly election was a battle between Mamata Banerjee on one side and the Congress-Left alliance and a nondescript BJP on the other. With 211 seats — a significant improvement from the last assembly tally — the 2016 results are a landslide in her favour. The opposition is reduced to a rump. Nothing worked in its favour. On the contrary, trying to mine the Narada and Saradha scams, the central Kolkata flyover collapse and crying hoarse over TMC-sponsored violence have proved to be counter-productive. The people of Bengal had overwhelmingly voted to give her a brute majority.

 

There are several factors behind the Left’s decimation. One of them is it had underestimated Banerjee’s charisma, her simplicity and plain appeal to common people. To say the people love her would be a tad exaggeration, but they certainly do not want the Left to return. The Red rule still conjures up depressing memories and they hate the left leaders more than the Congressmen. The Left Front’s credibility nosedived further when a section of its loyal supporters saw the alliance as opportunism. It’s not hard to imagine the people’s exasperation with the CPI-M. Surjya Kanta Mishra, the face of the alliance and its chief ministerial candidate, lost by a huge margin.

 

Bengalis consider Mamata (deedi) as a true communist in green-white dress code.  The Left’s blunders have definitely helped the Trinamool Congress, but Banerjee has also played her cards well. She may not have brought big-ticket projects to the state, but her dole politics has kept Bengal’s workforce — 98 per cent of which work in the unorganized sector — happy. In rural Bengal, welfare measures like grains at Rs2 per kilo, financial incentives for girl child’s education and distributing freebies like bicycles have helped her in good measure. The state has come down to a level where the people have realized the impossibility of attracting huge investments for industries from Gujarat and Maharashtra. They are satisfied even if Bengal’s financial prospects appear bleaker than never before.

Banerjee’s other trump card has been providing free housing to the extremely poor in six backward districts and offering employment to villagers in the once Naxal-dominated Junglemahal. This is unprecedented in Indian history. There is no reason as to why people should be unhappy with a leader like Mamata.

Ironically, though the BJP’s vote-share has decreased, it still played the party pooper for the CPM-Congress alliance. The BJP had eaten into the support base of these two parties, thus paving the way for TMC’s victory in multi-cornered fights. The same phenomenon was at work in other parts of Bengal as well. What perhaps explains TMC’s clean sweep in Kolkata, which has traditionally voted against the incumbent, has been the saffron party’s rise at the cost of the Congress and CPI-M. Moreover, the TMC’s unprecedented victory has also come with inroads into those districts which were still propping up the Left.

The venue for the oath ceremony, so far conducted at the governor’s residence or Raj Bhawan – which is also close to Red Road – has stirred a controversy over cost and traffic diversion. “Red Road is recognized as the lifeline of Kolkata. So the lifeline is going to be closed for this, only for celebrations at the cost of the public exchequer. This is untenable,” said the Congress’s Adhir Choudhury. BJP also spoke in similar voice.

The Trinamool, however, says there will be no problems for the people as plans have been put in place to tackle the traffic diversion. “All the arrangements by Kolkata Police are very nice. There is no problem for traffic control. Mamata Banerjee wants everyone to be a part of this historic event,” Trinamool Congress worker Kanwar Singh told NDTV.

The Left, which ruled Bengal for three decades, has also lost the Leader of Opposition post to the Congress, with which it had allied in this election.

The CPI-M’s drubbing will not go down well with the central leadership, especially Prakash Karat who was opposed to the tie-up with the Congress while the Bengali members backed by General Secretary Sitaram Yechury supported the alliance. The Congress piggybacking on the CPI-M has only marginally benefited, having increased its count by two seats.

Today, the CPI-M is on the verge of extinction in Bengal. Its saving grace is Tripura and Kerala, though the former will soon be Banerjee’s hunting ground. She has major plans to increase TMC’s footprint.

As it stand, Mamata and her TMC are in a strong position and TMC will rule the state for the full term by fulfilling all poll promises. Now that she is settled down as CM, Mamata is expected to speed up all developmental projects to  generate employment for the rural and urban populations, good transport system, provide quality education and at all levels and make research a serious work of universities, halt price rises. Every own requires  facelift urgently.

Obama’s failed diplomacy in Israel: Will Obama revise petrified US policy for Palestine at least now?

Obama’s failed diplomacy in Israel: Will Obama revise petrified US policy for Palestine at least now?

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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As the fight for presidency by the republican and democratic candidates get intensified US with a very few candidates remaining for the contest, President Barack Obama must know his happy days at White House are coming to an end soon. World expects Obama to    ensure peace in Mideast as his major achievement by arm twisting the  unwilling fanatic and  fascist regime Israel to agree for  credible peace  as per the Arab peace Plan of 2002 that would have full cooperation of the  GCC and entire world frantically seeking  a new peaceful ea in west Asia.

 

The question is will Obama care for world opinion at all when his opinions are not at all listened to by anyone including Israeli leaders? Does it not mean the Obama diplomacy has failed!

 

Israel, imposed on Mideast into Palestine in 1948 by USA-UK big twins, has over years of western aid and arms& technology supply has become a monstrous fascist and illegal nuclear power in the region, threatening the very existence of Palestinians. The Zionist regime has taken the ‘permanent’ US shield for all criminal operations against humanity for granted and so much that today Jews decide the foreign policy for USA especially for West Asia and South Asia.

 

The US presidents make ritual trips to Israel not to declare the continuous US led Western support but in doing so Washington openly admits that  the Israeli role in the foreign policy making of USA, especially in West and South Asia. It is not surprising that many countries like India are   trying to be in the good books of Israel and strike military deals for Zionist terror equipment. .

 

When he assumed power at White House, there was a strong belief in the world that US President Barack Obama would try to fight for world peace and get the Palestinians out of Israeli terror blockades and stop the Israeli illegal occupation and crimes against humanity, by ending their intermittent terror attacks.  However, he disappointed the world by supporting the Israeli terror regime in Mideast because he was pursuing the US national interest in Mideast by using Israel.

 

As the regular US President, Barack Obama just advance the imperialist and capitalist policies very religiously. Though he protected the  US-Israeli  secret nexus and Pentagon supply of terror goods to Tel Aviv,  Obama once famously said he would “always have Israel’s back,” may be rethinking that promise as aides begin weighing options in response to Israeli leader Netanyahu’s election criticism of Obama’s foreign  policy and his disapproval of a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict.

 

When, some time back, President Obama warned that the United States would reassess its relationship with Israel though Israel did not think any new problem cropping up in the bilateral relations as it is the ‘prime duty’ of USA and its NATO allies to shield Israeli regime.  However, following Obama’s warning that the United States would “reassess” its relationship with Israel, the White House was not only reconsidering the diplomatic cover along with veto it has long given Israel at the United Nations but was also looking at a range of other possibilities to put pressure on its historically close ally to help resolve the Palestine issue. Bu later, when Palestine pushed for full UN status for conducting international affairs as a soverign nation, Obama used its power to support Israel and oppose Palestine. Obama thus reveled his true Zionist color.  Even US officials who hitherto promoted Zionist regime and shielded all its crimes against humanity by misusing media networks have begun take a strong position on Israel. .

 

 

As a fascist tradition, US presidents not only misuse the American parliament to support all Zionist crimes against humanity but also, in order to obtain political support of US Jews,  encourage the criminal ruler so Israel to address the august body in Washington. But the US parliament is meant for Americans to pass laws, among other things.

 

Why should US leaders allow Israeli leaders to address the US lawmakers – is there something common between them? Do the US values like capitalism and imperialism plus fascism serve as the strong bridge between Israeli East and American West?

 

Americans should be ashamed of the fact that off and on Israeli leaders insist on addressing the US Congress to discuss Israeli politics and instruct US policy makers – both domestic and foreign – the course they are supposed to pursue in a given situation. When they persistently insist, the Republicans and even Democrats make the necessary ‘arrangement’ for hawkish Zionist rulers to address the US lawmakers.  Israeli leaders address the US Congress and direct the president to execute what is necessary for the promotion of Israeli regime.

 

Let Israeli leaders are free to misuse their own parliament Knesset for mere anti-Palestine, anti-Arab propaganda purposes but how can they do the same of misusing US parliament for that purpose?

 

 

There is an emerging opinion among most Americans to let Israel defend its own actions and crimes against humanity and Washington should be less active in protecting Israel in international forums. The bipartisan leaders are finding new ways to reinforce the message of US opposition to Jewish settlement expansion.

 

Many Arab leaders and governments have come to view Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its behavior towards the Palestinians as strictly an Israeli-Palestinian problem, not an Arab one. That’s a departure from a bygone era when the struggle against the occupation was a central theme that brought Arab states together. Therefore, Qatar’s official foreign policy towards the occupation and the plight of Palestinians sets it apart from the majority of the Arab world.

 

 

Recently, the 16th Doha Forum has wrapped up with speakers from around the world touching on issues ranging from global and regional security to conflict resolution and climate change. Achieving Middle East peace directly linked to ending Israel’s occupation of Palestine and Israel must end occupation of Palestine, said Qatar’s foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al Thani, while speaking at the  16th Doha Forum. He stressed the need to support human rights and bolster security for the people of the Middle East region – and around the world. “Repression, tyranny, double standards and violating human rights and basic freedoms constitute the underlying threats to elements of human security,” he said. According to Sheikh Mohammed, achieving peace in the volatile Middle East is directly linked to ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.  Al Thani also made it clear the main foreign policy instrument of his country is the soft diplomacy of “mediation” efforts, while at the same time “discouraging the use of force by Israeli regime to resolve disputes”.

 

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s chief negotiator with Israel, spoke about his people’s need for international backing to force Israel to end its decades-old takeover of Palestinian lands. Erekat compared what he called the “right-wing extremism” of Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, with that of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group. “What is the difference between one who calls himself the leader of the Jewish state, and another who calls himself as the leader of the Islamic State,” he said in one his many sharp rebukes of Netanyahu. “The two-state solution is the only possible solution that would put an end to the suffering of the Palestinian people,” he said.

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Even as international outcry for  the creation of Palestine state and  internal discussions on  containing Israeli  aggression continue unabated,  Obama seems not to be in hurry to solve the worst ever conflict in human history. The US double speak  is evident  from USA plays mischief with Palestine  and GCC at the same time by speaking  for the Zionist crimes.

 

However, the White House appeared in no rush to lower the temperature in the worst US-Israeli crisis in decades, sparked by Netanyahu’s campaign declaration that there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. The White House officially made clear that it had little faith in Netanyahu’s effort to backtrack since winning  election and insist he was in favour of a two-state solution, long a cornerstone of US Middle East policy.

 

Interestingly, there was no sign of any imminent move to turn the administration’s heated rhetoric against Netanyahu into a tangible shift in policy.

 

As USA was readying for a nuclear deal with Ira against the will of is real, some analysts questioned whether Washington was merely posturing to put the Israeli leader on the defensive at a time when an end-of-March deadline looms in US-led nuclear diplomacy with Iran that Netanyahu vehemently opposes. The Obama government put everything on the table except security assistance, thinking this would allow Netanyahu time to walk back his comments on Obama more credibly.

 

Obama eyed on the powerful US Jewish support for the Democrats in Presidency poll. The US officials privately were mindful of the risk that the diplomatic storm could drive a deeper wedge between the White House and the influential US pro-Israel lobbyist camp and cause problems for Obama’s fellow Democrats as the 2016 presidential campaign approaches.   Many strategists voiced skepticism that the US government would shift its stance towards Israel in any substantive way, arguing that despite White House annoyance at Netanyahu, there would likely be too high a domestic political cost to pay for alienating pro-Israel Americans.

 

 

But the White House pressure had other motives as well. There’s an effort to apply leverage to the Israelis to get the prime minister to move on some things when he has a new government formed, as there was a US wish to see Israel release frozen Palestinian tax funds and take other goodwill gestures.

 

Israel takes care not to annoy Washington beyond certain point as it depends on US veto to shield its crimes from any possible punitive measures against the  criminal rulers for its crimes against Palestinians and humanity at large.  Among the most serious risks for Israel would be a shift in Washington’s posture at the United Nations. If USA refuses to use its veto for Israel , all Jewish leaders would be in  jails.

 

The United States has long stood in the way of Palestinian efforts to get a UN resolution recognizing its statehood, including threatening to use its veto, and has protected Israel from efforts to isolate it internationally. But most European governments incensed by Netanyahu’s campaign comments against Palestinian statehood, have joined in another push for such a resolution, ignoring US-Israel pressure tactics.

 

David Makovsky, a former member of Obama’s team in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks that collapsed last year, said the question is: “Will the U.S. consider avoiding a veto over the parameters to a final-status deal with the Palestinians?”    “There’s no doubt that this approach will lead to a firestorm between these two governments if they go forward,” said Makovsky, now at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Another option under consideration could also be controversial. A report from the government to Congress about US loan guarantees to Israel, including how much is used for settlements, could contain language critical of expanded construction on occupied land in the West Bank.

 

 

 

Observation

 

Today humanity is fully aware of destructive and anti-human nature of capitalism that promotes expansionist military trends like imperialism and colonialism. Occupation of and continued Israeli aggression against Palestine, like Indian brute occupation of neighboring Jammu Kashmir, does not let peace dawn in the world. Even countries that seek help from the USA, Israel or India also condemn the brutality and repression of these ‘rogue’ powers against the oppressed nations under their colonial yoke, notwithstanding the “help” being   offered by the colonialist nations.

 

All these years ever since Israel was established in Mideast by the then big powers led by UK-USA twins, the western rulers pampered the illegal regime in Mideast with terror goods and technology, and money, today Israel has every reason not to take any warning from western capitals seriously and deny a chance for peace in West Asia. Comprehending the total failure of his triclomacy, President began supporting the Israeli fascism as part of NATO imperialism.

 

That is tragedy of the Palestinians and diplomacy itself.

 

Will Obama’s United States is not likely to reverse its opposition to the powerless Palestinians becoming a full-fledged UN member and a soverign nation? Instead of stopping   a large sized aid and terror goods supply to Israel,  some fanatic US lawmakers already have threatened to push for a cutoff of  the meager US aid to the Palestinian Authority whenever it talks about sovereignty  form the Zionist  fascist yoke  or goes ahead with seeking war crimes charges against Israel for war crimes in the Gaza Strip , killing thousands of innocent Palestinians, women their children inclusive .

 

Will Obama refuse meetings with Israeli leaders and their US lobbyist till he leaves the White House?

 

 

President Obama has to take hard decision to disobey US Jewish dictates and declare Palestine a soverign state and support the cause of Palestine UN, by using veto for the Palestine for a change. Will he?

 

Or, will the White House seeker Trump who is not sympathized with Palestinians make a shift in his approach by openly supporting the Palestinians cause, if he elected to presidency?

 

It is really funny that President Obama is unable to make Israel listen to him when USA offers huge aid packages to Israel but some American senators and Congress men – the traitors of US democratic foundations for freedom and peace – get sumptuous bribes from Israeli government and Jewish politicians to help the Israeli regime eat the US terror cake.

 

Obama has enough economic and military tools to get a positive response from Tel Aviv only if he has the will and broad-mind a true statesman should have!

 

Whether Obama decides to change the petrified US policy for Palestine and Arab world or not,  time is  overdue for US lawmakers and law-breakers to think seriously about  the  future of children of Palestine and protect its people as part of their international duty.

 

Enough of shielding  the Zionist criminal wars!

 

New Left government in Kerala: CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn in as CM today!

New Left government in Kerala: CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan to be sworn in as CM today!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
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The Left Democratic Front (LDF) led by the CPM won a decisive mandate in the 16 May assembly elections with 91 out of the 140 seats. Thus the people of Kerala have removed the Congress party led UDF government that faced anti-incumbency for its corrupt governance and replaced it with the Left parties led by CPM through a direct election for the state assembly.
CPM leader Pinarayi Vijayan is the new CM of Kerala. A new government will assume office in Kerala on May 25 under Communist Party of India (Marxist), CPM, leader Pinarayi Vijayan, 72. The new Kerala government led by Pinarayi Vijayan would have 19 members (including the chief minister) and its swearing-in will be held at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram at 4 pm on Wednesday, said Left Democratic Front convenor Vaikom Viswan. Swearing in ceremony is open to public
In the 140-member assembly, LDF won 91 seats, UDF 47, BJP and Independents, one each. The incumbent Congress led UDF has been decimated in Kerala. Muslim League a constituent of UDF has managed a good show in its Muslim strongholds with 18 MLAs getting elected to the assembly, though two less than what it had (20) in the outgoing assembly.
Kerala’s electorate has always had a tradition of alternating between the LDF and the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). Even so, this time around, the corrupt image of the UDF was a crucial factor in its defeat. Eight out of every 10 in Kerala thought the UDF government was corrupt and more than one-third thought it was “very corrupt,” according to a post-poll survey published in Indian Express. About 14% who were otherwise satisfied with the UDF government’s performance saw it as being “very corrupt”, and among them 60% voted for the LDF, said the survey.
Most of Muslim League MLAs are billionaires with huge wealth made in politics and with help from low level party member mafias who had free access to the Kerala state secretariat in the capital. Generally, the League uses the presence of BJP and RSS to consolidate Muslim votes in the state as the MIM does it in Hyderabad.
Though it was almost a foregone conclusion within the CPI (M) that Pinarayi would become Chief Minister if the LDF was voted to power, the party had anticipated a strong pitch for the post from the nonagenarian former CM, Achuthanandan and was well prepared for it. The latter did stake his claim for Chief Minister, but realising that the odds were heavily stacked against him, he did not push hard.
Party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and his predecessor Prakash Karat, in coordination with the pro-Pinarayi State leadership, smoothly managed the affair within 24 hours of the declaration of election results. With Achuthanandan out of the way, there were no hurdles for the party to decide on Cabinet composition other important posts.
As per the provisions of Article 164 (1) of the Constitution, the governor appointed Vijayan as the Chief Minister and sought from him the list of persons to be appointed as ministerial colleagues, a Raj Bhavan press release said. In the 140-member Kerala Assembly, LDF has 91 legislators, including CPI (M)’s 58 and CPI’s 19.Kerala Governor Justice P Sathasivam invited Pinarayi Vijayan, who was elected leader of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) legislature party, to form the new government in Kerala. Earlier, Vijayan was unanimously elected Leader of the LDF legislature party.
Laddoos were distributed before the beginning of Vijayan’s press conference, which he explained — to reporters’ surprise — was on account of his birthday. Vijayan said records show March 21 to be his official date of birth, but it was on May 24 that he was born.

Vijayan’s name was suggested by party secretary Kodieyri Balakrishnan as per the decision of the state committee and it was approved by all the legislators. After the meeting, Balakrishnan met the governor and staked the claim of LDF to form the next government and handed over letters intimating election of Vijayan as the leader of the LDF Parliamentary party and expression of support from legislature parties leaders of other constituents of the LDF.
A 19-member Cabinet will be sworn in at a simple ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram. The CPI (M), the leader of the LDF, will have 12 ministers, including the Chief Minister. The second-largest party in the coalition, the CPI, will have four ministers. The NCP, the Congress (S) and Janata Dal (Secular) will get one berth each in the Cabinet. The posts of Government Chief Whip and Assembly Speaker will also go to the CPI (M).
It was decided that the size of the Cabinet would be restricted to 19 and the CPI (M) apportioned 12 berths. Since the CPI and the other minor coalition partners were not in a position to bargain for more, they accepted their shares without grudging. Only those parties which were members of the LDF were given ministerial berths; hence groups such as the Kerala Congress (B) had to stay out. The Chief Minister will keep with him the politically important portfolios of Home and Vigilance. TM Thomas Isaac will take charge of the crucial Finance portfolio. Isaac, an economist, was Finance Minister in the VS Achuthanandan ministry of 2006-11 too.
Since the CPI (M) does not tolerate maneuvering for ministerial berths by its MLAs, there were no hiccups over this. However, in the CPI, NCP and JD(U) ministerial aspirants created tensions within their own parties, though the issue was resolved.
The Pinarayi government faces huge challenges ahead — the State’s coffers are empty and debt burden staring at the government. For welfare measures and to pay salaries and pensions, the government will have to raise huge sums. Isaac has already said that he would not impose new taxes.
Politically, it is possible that the government’s relations with the BJP-ruled Centre will be stormy. The Sangh Parivar sees the CPI (M) as its main rival in Kerala. Attacks and counter-attacks over the past several decades have claimed hundreds of lives. Already, Central leaders of the BJP-RSS have indicated an aggressive approach to the CPI(M): the BJP opening its account with the win in Nemom has only bolstered the party.

Addressing reporters in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday evening after a party meet, he said it has been decided to limit the cabinet to 19. “The outgoing Oommen Chandy government had 21 (the maximum allowed) but we decided to keep it to 19,” said Viswan, adding that the Communist Party of India-Marxist will have 12 berths, the Communist Party of India 4 and three other LDF constituents – the Janata Dal-S, the Nationalist Congress Party and the Congress-S – would get one each. Three other parties – thee RSP-L, Kerala Congress-Pillai, and the CMP – who contested alongside the LDF and have a legislator each were not considered for ministerial berths as they were not regular member of the LDF. The CPI-M will announce their team and the speaker of the house today while the portfolios will be announced later, said Viswan.

CPI-M leader and Kerala chief minister-designate Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday that his government will have no place for influence peddling and graft. Even before assuming office, “some people have started to move around using my name,” Vijayan said at a press conference. “The people of Kerala should be careful of such people and corruption will not be tolerated at any level,” said Vijayan who is set to be sworn in on Wednesday along with 18 other ministers. He said all necessary scrutiny would be carried out before appointing the staff members of the ministers to make sure only clean people get placed. He said a new chapter would begin in the history of Kerala on Wednesday when another new Left government would assume office. “We will ensure that we will be a government that will work for the betterment of the people and it would have to be devoid of any preference given for caste, creed or communities; instead it will be one for all the people,” said Vijayan.

The swearing-in-ceremony of the proposed Cabinet will be at 4 pm on May 25 at the Central Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram.
New Left government in Kerala has its task cut out. Kochi, May 24: Here are the five biggest tasks that confront the new government:

Corruption

Of course corruption is a national problem, affecting the life of common people while the rich and corporate lords enjoy life at the cost of the rest. Whether or not the Communist government would put an end to corruption remains ot be seen.
There is not state in India which is not corrupt where Congress party ruled or rules and in fact India is a leading corrupt nation across the world and governments have successfully hidden the corruption issue by raking up unnecessary issues, like Pakistan.
The Oommen Chandy government did not care if every minister was corrupt or made wealth illegally. He thought people don’t bother about corruption as they are used to offer bribes to get things done.

The big challenge for Vijayan will be to undo the damage done by the previous government. While the public would certainly want the new government to be corruption-free, they would not want to see it as a witch-hunt government, because the Indian voter wants to move forward.

Empty treasury

Corruption and wasteful expenditures by the previous Congress government has led the state into bankruptcy.
The public debt of Kerala stands at Rs.1.3 trillion, according a report last year by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The new government has indicated that it would raise tax rates, and improve their tax collections. At the centre of this crisis will be the socialist form of governance that Kerala has so far followed, something the CPM is so fond of. Circumstances are such that this form of governance will be intensely debated in the coming days.
People expect the efficiency of public sector units, one of the reasons of the debt, to be highly debated in the next few months. The government may not be able to contain the debt crisis if it does not look at the pricing of electricity and water. If it plans to open up education and health sector, that will also trigger debates.

Alcohol policy

The LDF manifesto said the front will encourage giving up liquor through awareness campaigns, which does not necessarily mean prohibition, and will raise the legal drinking age to 23 years. But it remains silent on whether it will allow reopening of the bars closed during the term of the previous government as part of its policy of gradual prohibition.
It is still not clear just where the incoming government stands on banning alcohol, which is a touchy subject in Kerala. The UDF, which came to power in the state with a wafer-thin majority of two seats in 2011, imposed gradual prohibition from 1 April 2014, at an estimated loss of Rs.1,800 crore to the exchequer, citing the risk to public health from alcohol. All bars in the state except the ones in five-star hotels are banned from selling liquor.
At least in the next budget, the new government will have to spell out in clear terms whether it will reverse the previous government’s prohibition policy and allow new liquor licences in the state, a decision that will have crucial implications on the state’s tourism sector, which makes up one-tenth of the state GDP and has taken a hit from prohibition.
Gulf Malayalees
All developmental projects in Kerala are possible because of regular remittances from Arab world where most of Kerala people are gainfully employed. Both Congress and Communist governments promoted employment of Kerala people abroad as there are no jobs in the state or India and huge bribes they have to pay to find even a small job. The oil price crash has dealt a severe blow to legions of Malayalees who work in oil-rich Gulf nations and some of them back in Kerala who wait eagerly for money transfers. Many Keralites are returning from the Gulf as a result of the oil price crash.
Cash flow form Mideast increased the prices of essential commodities in the state which does not produce anything and imports most of commodities from Tamil Nadu. Kerala government does not want Malayalees to return from Arab world. “This is a new reality, the return of Gulf migrants. Several parts of Kerala are facing side-effects of this. If it becomes an exodus, the new government will have a tough time making up for the dip in remittance deposits and in re-employing the returnees.

Development and social security
Religious tension is emerging in parts of the state. The rise of Hindutva BJP in the state has harmed communal harmony. The government will be expected to provide an all-out effort to protect the secular fabric of Kerala society. The Left government is also taking office at a time when the its famed development model, which has not quite trickled down to its lower castes, women and children, is getting widely debated after the recent rape-murder of a Dalit law student.
Many of the problems Kerala is facing today are the insensitiveness and result of failures of successive governments and its development itself. There’s a lot of talk about large-scale urbanization in Kerala in the name of development, but nobody is talking of managing problems of growth.
The new government cannot afford to neglect that aspect.
The left government of Pinarayi Vijayan is expected to undo what the previous Congress government did against common people and also correct the silly or big mistakes of previous Communist governments against poor and underprivileged as well.

USA lifts arms embargo on Vietnam!

USA lifts arms embargo on Vietnam!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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President Obama announced that the United States will lift arms embargo and begin selling arms to Vietnam, making China cheer up, instead of worrying as expected in Washington. Beijing welcomed the US decision to lift a weapons embargo and outwardly praised the end of the embargo, even though it is seen by other regional powers as a counter to Chinese aggression in the South China Sea.
The end of the weapons embargo is seen by some as the American response to Chinese aggression in the region. Now Vietnam will have access to US military weapons and technology that China has long coveted but can’t access because of a weapons embargo imposed on it by the US and European Union in 1989. China does not view Vietnam as its regional enemy, unlike some other nations.
Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said “We certainly hope that the development of this friendly relationship can be conducive to this region’s stability and development”, confusing the US strategic community.
Tensions have increasingly grown in the South China Sea since 2014 when China began building islands on top of reefs there. “In addition to surface-to-air missiles and radar facilities, the islands are also expected to station Chinese warplanes. The scale of the multibillion-dollar effort by China has challenged the military status quo that has defined the Western Pacific since the end of World War II

China’s reaction is surprising considering its relationship with Vietnam and its other neighbors in the South China Sea, as well as its feelings about US role of interference in territorial disputes there. But, at least one analyst said it exemplifies how complicated relations between the two world powers are. The regional powers have openly objected to the Chinese operations on the South China Sea and sought US interference in the region to pressure China to stop all military related operations there.

However, Chinese strategic experts view the development as being ‘logical” and “reasonable” and don’t want to look overly sensitive or irritated, because USA-China relations are very complicated and “very important”. Both are veto powers with certain special rights and privileges and cannot take the tensions to a war level.

Washington as the only super power can monitor and control the global scene and as such the lifting of the arms embargo may have sent a sobering signal to leaders in Beijing about a potential power shift in the region, but it was difficult to judge the real impact without seeing what other moves the USA has planned to make in the sensitive region.

President Obama, focusing on his Asia Pivot project to contain Beijing globally, however said the lifting of the arms embargo had nothing to do with China, but said it and Vietnam had mutual concerns about maritime issues and the importance of maintaining freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. While Washington doesn’t take sides, Obama said, it does support a diplomatic resolution based on ‘international norms and ‘not based on who’s the bigger party and can throw around their weight a little bit more,’ a reference to China.”

Meanwhile, Beijing’s neighbors in the South China Sea, feeling the pinch of US-China tensions, aren’t taking any chances. These essentially America’s friends are getting together directly, in all sorts of ways and at all sorts of levels. But they know they literally cannot do a thing against China’s wishes as USA is also playing mischief.

Many countries are closely watching the ‘show’ evolving in the region and also taking active part in the tension’s development, if not resolution of it. There are mechanisms, such as the high level talks that began last year among Japan, Australia, and India on topics including maritime security in the far away SCS by ways of bilateral deals, such as India’s $100 million loan to Vietnam to buy patrol boats, and Japan’s leasing of five surveillance aircraft to the Philippines, bolstering those Southeast Asian nations’ ability to keep an eye on waters where China challenges their territorial claims.
As visible tensions between China and regional powers on the one hand, and USA and China, on the other, South China Sea is bound to continue to boil.
There is no region globally where USA seeks peace or strives as the super power to work for peaceful situations. However, there is one country that Washington wants to protect and disallows any tensions is fascist Israel, seeking to expand its illegal boundaries by intermittent wars with the besieged Palestinians. USA does not want to extend this approach to the rest of the world.
Possibly, US strategic community and Pentagon experts prefer Israeli ‘tasty’ food to their own and they like the Islamic blood stained Jewish hands as their own. They are the strategic partners with secret terror operations being conducted globally and killing Muslims.

Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa swings into action from Chennai fort immediately after assuming power!

Tamil Nadu: CM Jayalalithaa swings into action from Chennai fort immediately after assuming power!
-Dr Abdul Ruff,

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Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, 68, on May 23 (exactly a year since being sworn in after her stint in jail in Bengaluru in connection with disproportionate asset case), was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor K Rosaiah at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. Twenty eight ministers, including her trusted lieutenant and finance minister O Panneerselvam, also took the oath with her.

This is Jayalalithaa’s second consecutive and sixth term as the chief minister of the state. There were celebrations across the state as she was taking oath of office and secrecy. Elaborate LCD TV arrangements were made in every district headquarters to enable the people watch the swearing in function. The ceremony was very brief, taking about 24 minutes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among other national leaders, offered CM Jaya his congratulations. PM Modi is on a tour in Iran. Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Pon Radhakrishnan, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker and senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai, and Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala were seated in the front row. Also present were DMK treasurer MK Stalin, former DMK Ministers EV Velu, Ponmudy, party MLAs Sekhar Babu, Vagai Chandrasekhar and Ku Ka Selvam. For decades, both AIADMK and DMK leaders had kept away from the oath-taking ceremonies of each other. Presence of MK Stalin at the ceremony is seen as a possible new era in the rivalry between the Dravidian parties DMK-AIADMK.

Immediately after being sworn in, Jayalalithaa drove to Fort St George where the Secretariat is located and signed five files to fulfill five of her electoral promises, as mentioned in her party manifesto. Along with the ministers of her new cabinet, CM Jayalalithaa rushed to the Madras Fort straight away from the Madras University and started her work all over again as new CM. Ministers also went to their respective offices at Madras Fort and began the collective work to fulfill the poll promises.

Upon assuming office of CM at the Madras fort immediately after her swearing in ceremony at Madras university campus, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa ordered a slew of measures aimed at fulfilling her electoral promises including waiving crop loans of farmers up to March 31, 2016 payable to co-operative banks and free units of electricity to consumers.

The waiver includes crop loan, medium and long term loans of small and micro farmers payable to co-operative banks and the move would entail a financial burden of Rs 5,780 crore on her government. Jayalalithaa’s second order was 100 units of free power for domestic electricity consumers with effect from today in tune with the present tariff computation. It would entail an additional payout of Rs 1,607 crore as grant to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) by the state government.

Minutes after she was sworn in, CM Jaya also signed orders of closure of 500 State-run Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) liquor outlets and reducing the working hours of retail outlets by two hours from 10 am to 12 pm, besides closure of 500 of its shops.

With effect from tomorrow, the retail outlets and bars would function from noon to 10 pm which currently remain open between 10 am to 10 pm. All measures are in tune with her electoral promises and she had said she would show her gratitude to the people through her work.

Another order was for increasing gold allocation from 4 to 8 grams for women beneficiaries under the Thallikku Thangam Scheme (Gold for ‘Mangalsutra’).From now on beneficiaries will get eight grams of gold in addition to monetary assistance of Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000.The Chief Minister increased free power to handloom weavers to 200 units and for power looms to 750 units.

The new TN assembly will meet on 25th May.

True to her poll campaign slogan that she lives for Tamil people, CM Jayalalithaa has begun her office work by signing 5 orders fulfilling some of her poll pledges. Now that the opposition DMK has a big contingent, Jaya would think she has to be alert in order not to give any chance for the DMK party to outsmart the AIADMK government.

So, finally Jayalalithaa also has done what her mentor and AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran (MGR) had done to Karunanidhi – keep him out of power back-to-back for a decade. MGR had banished him from the chief minister’s office early in his career, and now Jaya has repeated it in his old age.

Jayalalithaa cannot take Karunanidhi for granted as the DMK is also now strong and he would use all failures in implementing the poll promises to his party’s advantage. Against all predictions by the party leadership, he has missed the chance at least for another 5 long years.

As politics can provide unexpected twists and uncertainties, DMK might hope to find chance of snatching power from AIADMK. One could see Stalin who was watching the swearing in of Jayalalithaa and cabinet at Madras University, was not happy at all, maybe he was thinking of bad fortunes that denied his party the ‘rightful” opportunity to assume power as per the state ‘logic’ of alternative rule.

Power is the nourishment that political parties grow on. It is difficult to sustain a party and keeping it battle-ready, however cadre-based it’s, for ten years without access to power or possible resources that come as veritable entitlements of being in government.

Whether it’s a landslide for Jaya like last time or a decent victory like the one this time, chunk of the votes are vertically split between AIADMK and the DMK. This bipolarity leaves no scope for a third player, however hard one tries. The 2016 election clearly demonstrated the futility of attempting to expand this space.

Besides the AIADMK and DMK fronts, there were three more players in the fray this time—the DMDK (and its front called the PWF), the PMK and the BJP—all with single digit vote-shares. All of them had some successes in the past when they had aligned with either the AIADMK or the DMK, but the moment they leave the Dravidian fold, they become practically nothing.

Trying to make this bipolar state into a tri-polar state is futile unless one of the Dravidian parties meet with some serious leadership/existential crisis or there is an extraordinary idea like that of the AAP that captures the imagination of people. In fact, under the present circumstances, this bipolarity is not a bad idea because it protects the state from the threat of communal politics.

CM Jayalalithaa has expanded her cabinet by inducting 4 more ministers making strength to 32 and allotting them the portfolios.

Electoral arithmetic is not simple addition and subtraction, but an optimization of circumstances, possibilities and resources. Jayalalithaa played her cards well and outsmarted all her opponents in one strike to become a formidable force in Tamil politics maybe for years to come, unless something unexpected happens. AIADMK has a comfortable majority and has no visible threats today.

Tamil Nadu faces serious problems in the field of education and its quality, poverty, rural infrastructural weakness and illiteracy, urban poverty, employment of the youth and economic uplift of rural population.

Now that the AIADMK has won the poll comfortably, the government should be pragmatic and launch programs to uplift the poor people on a permanent basis. The government could use the money being spent on freebies on literacy and employment of rural and urban people.

Hopefully, Tamil state will emerge as a strong regional state with sound economy and very high literacy, cultural and employment rates.

TN government needs to continue its fight for enough water from both Karnataka and Kerala through which major rivers pass through before they reach the Tamil Nadu. Without realizing the need to release water to Tamil Nadu both Kerala and Karnataka are blocking the natural water flow into the delta regions to support the legitimate irrigation purposes of the Tamil Nadu.

CM Jayalalithaa should stop the ever rising prices of essential commodities in the state by acting against all kinds of hoarding and black marketing and artificial price rises. That is indeed the real freebies for the poor and common people.

Let Tamil Nadu be the first ever corruption-free state of India!

The Jayalalithaa government would push the Indian government to pres the Sirisena government in Sri Lanka to undertake speedy measures to genuinely implement the positive rapprochement with Tamils and other minorities and punish the war criminals that killed thousands of Tamil community with a view to affecting a holocaust.

Tamil Nadu requires an assurance from Lankan government that it would always protect the Tamil community as an integral part of the island nation.

The new Tamil Nadu government has, thus, important issues at hand to solve!

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa to be sworn in as CM on 23 May!

Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa to be sworn in as CM on 23 May!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff
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Actor turned one of the most successful Tamil Nadu’s politicians Jayalalithaa is beginning a new chapter in her political life as the fifth time Chief Minister of the state
Upon the ruling AIADMK’s spectacular victory in the assembly poll, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been invited by Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah to form the government after she apprised him of her election as leader of AIADMK Legislature Party.
Jayalalithaa will be sworn in Chief Minister along with 28 others, including her trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister in the outgoing Cabinet O Panneerselvam, on 23 May in a function at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium. The swearing in will take place at 12 noon, according to the University sources. .
Jayalalithaa called on Rosaiah at the Raj Bhavan yesterday and submitted a letter informing him of her election as Leader of the AIADMK legislature party along with her party’s resignation from the outgoing cabinet as a routine procedure. Later, Rosaiah congratulated her and gave a letter inviting her to form the government. “Jayalalithaa furnished a list of persons to be appointed Ministers in her Cabinet which was approved by Governor Rosaiah,” an official release from the Raj Bhavan said.
Jayalalithaa will have portfolios of Home and All India Services including the IAS, public and general administration, stated the release. Panneerselvam will be the Minister for Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms again, while former MP Dindigul Srinivasan will be the Minister for Forests. Several of the sitting Ministers have been named to hold offices again including P Thangamani (Electricity), S P Velumani (Municipal Administration and Rural Development), Edappadi K Palaniswami (Public Works), K T Rajenthra Bhalaji (Rural Industries), R B Udhayakumar (Revenue), S P Shanmuganathan (Milk and Dairy Development), and K C Veeramani (Commercial Taxes), the release said.
Including Jayalalithaa, there will be four women in the Cabinet besides three medical doctors. Deputy Mayor of Chennai Corporation P Benjamin, who won from Maduravoyal amid tough competition from DMK, has been named Minister for School Education and Sports and Youth Welfare. M R Vijayabaskar will be Transport Minister. Edappadi K Palaniswami has been allocated Public Works in addition to the portfolios of Highways and Minor Ports, which he held in the outgoing Cabinet. Sellur K Raju will head Cooperation again besides Labour, it said.
The list included the names of 13 new faces who are being inducted into the cabinet. A total of 12 members including Jayalalitha were already present in the ministry. Four women ministers will also be part of the cabinet. Semmalai S will hold the post of the speaker temporarily.
J Jayalalithaa will take oath as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister on May 23 (tomorrow). A total of 29 ministers will be part of her new cabinet.

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