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18 opposition parties to boycott President’s address to joint Parliament session expressing solidarity with farmers


Bula Devi reports from New Delhi

A day ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament, 18 Opposition parties decided to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses in solidarity with the farmers who continued to sit in protests at Delhi’s borders against the three contentious farm laws.

On the ground, tension escalated on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Ghazipur as the Noida police asked the farmers to vacate but the protesters refused to leave. The government deployed heavy police contingent and Rapid Action Force. As a consequence, traffic snarls and jams on NH24 built up till a few kilometres causing a frustrating situation for the public.

However, Bharat Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait remained firm and said that he would continue to protest and even die for the cause of the farmers.

Of the 18, as many as 16 parties came together and issued a joint statement announcing their decision. The group led by the Congress included the Nationalist Congress Party, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress, DMK amongst many others. Separately, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Shiromani Akali Dal announced their decision to boycott the address, too.

Slamming the government over the violence on the Republic Day, the Opposition has demanded an impartial investigation to reveal the central government’s alleged conspiracy in the violence during the tractor parade to coincide with the Republic Day, said Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Opposition parties which were missing in the list were Bahujan Samaj Party, YSR Congress Party, Biju Janata Dal and AIADMK.

This is the second time major Opposition parties have jointly decided to boycott the President’s address. It was just a year back in January 2020 when leaders from Opposition parties wore black armbands in protest against CAA during the President’s address to both the houses of Parliament.

“The prime minister and the BJP government remain arrogant, adamant and undemocratic in their response. Shocked by this insensitivity of the government, the Opposition political parties, reaffirming the collective demand for the repeal of the anti-farmer laws and in solidarity with the Indian farmers, have decided to boycott the president’s address to both the houses of Parliament on Friday, January 29, 2021,” a joint statement issued by various parties said.

As tension escalated, farmers of Burari also started moving towards Ghazipur. The police asked them to vacate the area. The government extended the deployment period of four companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) till February 4 to maintain law and order situation in Ghaziabad in the backdrop of the farmers’ protest. Earlier, the deployment was till January 28, according to ANI.

“A preliminary assessment suggests there was a pre-conceived and well coordinated plan to break the agreement reached between Delhi Police and leaders of farmers’ organisations. Special Cell is investigating larger conspiracy and criminal designs behind the unfortunate events,” the Delhi Police said.

“A criminal case has been registered and is being investigated under provisions of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and sections of IPC dealing with sedition. Role and conduct of organisations and individuals based in India as well as those out of country is being probed,” the Delhi Police further informed.

In the meantime, the Noida Police has filed FIRs against six senior journalists and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor for “inciting” violence. Among the journalists are Rajdeep Sardesai, Zafar Aga and Mrinal Pande.

AAP Australia supports party’s stand on Majithia issue


BY SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 19 March: AAP Australia has supported party chief Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to tender an apology to former Punjab Minister in the Akali-BJP government Bikram Singh Majithia alleged to be responsible for Punjab’s drug menace.

In a statement signed by office bearers Rakesh Prajapati, Amarjit Singh Brar and Alamjit Singh Boparai and emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) the AAP Australia unit has said, “On behalf of AAP AUSTRALIA we acknowledge and support the party’s decision to tender apology by the party chief Mr Arvind Kejriwalji. We understand that the party’s core committee has done enough brainstorming and made such decision so that our leadership could concentrate on the doing the prime job they have been elected for, that is to serve the people. In the last 3 years of governance, unlike any other political parties, our leadership has proved that their intention is to deliver on their promises.”

“We request all our honest volunteers and the Punjab AAP unit to stand strong in these tough times, as they have always done in the past. The decisions made by the leadership are always in the best interest of the party leading to the bigger goal of delivering clean governance for the much deserving people of our country, the statement said.

FILM REVIEW: ‘An Insignificant Man’ who shook the corrupt status quo

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By Neeraj Nanda

An Insignificant Man: 2016; Directors Khushboo Renka and Vinay Shukla; Running time-96 minutes; Language-Hindi with English subtitles.

Melbourne, 30 May: Directors Khushboo Renka and Vinay Shukla’s ‘An Insignificant Man’ is a documentary which starts with the formation of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and ends with it forming the first government in Delhi with Congress support, lasting 48 days. The anti-corruption party’s and its’s leader Kejriwal’s phenomenal rise and success is traced with footage that takes the viewer through their offices, private and public meetings, election campaign amidst rising people’s support (December 2012 to the Delhi elections in December 2013).

Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan (later expelled from the party) are visible throughout the film. Poet Kumar Viswas announcing Shiela Dixit’s defeat in the New Delhi seat and earlier creeping tensions in candidate selection speak for themselves.

The AAP cracking the years of the two-party system in Delhi never went well with the BJP and the Congress. In one TV interview just before the election, Shiela Dixit said, “Kejriwal is not even on our radar” and Prime Minister Modi said at an election rally that Delhi has always been with the BJP, indicated how much out of touch the two main parties were in Delhi.

The subsequent developments including the expulsion of Rajendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, Kejriwal resigning as CM, one year of no government in Delhi and the AAP back with 67 out of 70 seats in the Delhi Assembly come as text only as the documentary ends. In fact, much more has happened after the making of this documentary.

What is right or wrong has not been commented upon. Anyone can make their own conclusions. Obviously, those in Indian politics and on the other side of the fence might see it as a projection of Kejriwal and his party. But if you see the documentary this argument might not stand.

One wonders what objection the Indian censor has to the documentary. Reportedly, it wants the producers to get a no objection certificate for the Indian Prime Minister and remove references to the BJP and the Congress.

I suspect, the final word on the AAP and Kajriwal is yet to be said. This documentary is part-1 of the story. Still, no doubt, makes a riveting watch.

The documentary will be shown at the Sydney Film Festival (7-18 June 2017). www.sff.org.au

Aam Aadmi Party Overseas buzz in Social Media

Dr. Kumar Viswas

Dr. Kumar Vishwas, Convener, AAP Overseas has announced the formal structure of the Overseas team of the Aam Aadmi Party to connect Indians abroad to this political revolution in June and an integral part of it was the social media team. AAP Overseas has been able to connect thousands of Indians settled abroad with the fight against corruption in India started by the Aam Aadmi Party.

And his trust in this team was affirmed when within 20 days of the announcement, AAP Overseas created a huge buzz on social media with its anti-drug campaign worldwide called #KickNasha

What crowned this initial achievement was the ‘#TalktoAK’ Campaign which not only trended top in India but was 4th worldwide in twitter trends.

Following with highly successful campaigns like #AKinGujrat etc. AAP Overseas social media team is the trendsetter now on twitter and other SM platforms.

AAP Overseas is not only spreading the work done by the AAP in India but is also responsible for making viral the activities of its different chapters in different countries all over the world. With worldwide trends like #AAPUK4Punjab #AAPCanadaYouth etc. it is the frontrunner in Global trends leaving Social media teams of other political parties far behind trying to achieve even one tenth of the success of AAP Overseas.

This team really showed her mettle with back to back campaigns against the highly criticized demonetisation scheme of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s. The way they brought out the loopholes of the scheme right in its initial stages made their trends worldwide drawing media attention to what was intrinsically wrong with this drastic step.

And now it’s crowning glory is the Chalo Punjab and Calling Campaign, where Indians settled abroad, are being motivated to return to India and Campaign to save Punjab or to call and motivate the voters for AAP if they cannot be physically present in Punjab.

According to Shail Gautam (@IacShail), Social Media Head, AAP Overseas, “The strength of our team is the hundreds of volunteers who are passionate about bringing a change in the political system of their motherland even though they may be hundreds of miles away from it. They selflessly spend their time and money for this political revolution and their idealism and enthusiasm overwhelmingly surpasses the paid machinery of our rivals. We owe our success to these dedicated faceless volunteers all around the world and their zeal to see a better India.”

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News Analysis : Learn from the rising star

Source: IndiaTV

By Kamal Mitra Chenoy

New Delhi, 17 May : Though the results of the state elections in Kerala, Bengal and Assam have left people agog, there is another phenomenon which has not been adequately assessed and analysed. That is the rise and rise of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). When it won the largest share of Assembly seats in early January 2014, many saw it as a one day wonder. It’s efforts to get through a Janlokpal Bill were scuttled by a combination of the BJP, Congress and the Lt. Governor. Instead of struggling through with little autonomy, AAP’s charismatic leader Arvind Kejriwal (AK) decided to resign.

The Union government delayed the Assembly elections as long as it could, until the judiciary intervened, after the General Elections. Even then the AAP performance in Varanasi was formidable. Despite fewer finances, limited local cadre and the alleged deals by one of the parties with the jailed Don Mukhtar Ansari, apart from denial of access to the Banaras Hindu University where Amit Shah held court, AAP came a creditable second. National politics witnessed the rise of a new star then.

In the Delhi Assembly re-election, the AAP had a historic landslide. It won 67 seats out of 70, with the BJP getting a paltry 3 seats, and Congress a whitewash. It then began to fight a two-sided battle. On the one hand, it fought the Union government and its proxy the Lt. Governor. Whether it was shared control of the Delhi Police, Bills that the LG wanted to scrutinise, yet not pass, even the civil service officers who would serve in the Delhi government, every issue became a major contest.

The root cause of this was that the Delhi government was neither a Union Territory nor a state. For reasons best known to itself, the Congress which ruled Delhi for the greatest period, with stalwarts like Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, never moved to make Delhi into a Union Territory, much less a state. Yet despite this politically motivated act, AAP though under some pressure fought its way out.
Shrewdly it sidelined its concerns about statehood, though keeping up its campaign about it, and concentrated on development, particularly for the poor and the middle class. Unusually for a political party, it stuck to its manifesto. Water is a critical issue in Delhi. AK insisted that the poor and middle classes get sufficient water, and allotted 20 kilolitres to the poor and lower middle classes, free!

Similarly, he substantially subsidised electricity, another critical requirement which the poorer sections often could not afford. In recent months, drains have been cleaned to guard against flooding during the monsoon. Water pipelines have been put in place where none existed before. Critically, the repair and up gradation of government schools became an urgent task. Educationists and well regarded social workers were made members of the School Management Committees ( SMCs). Many schools did not have serviceable toilets or no separate toilets for girls. That was quickly addressed. New schools were constructed with gymnasium facilities and swimming pools. Most importantly, private school fees were controlled.

Apart from the great support from the Delhi public, AAP in the municipal bye-elections has won 5 out of the MCD seats, Congress 4, and BJP 3. The MCD was long a BJP stronghold, but the AAP impact is clear. Reading, seeing and speaking about AAP’s innovations e.g. 10 litres of drinking water for Rs. 2 available in an increasing number of areas, has led to increasing support and interest in Punjab.

The idea of Mohalla clinics is a masterstroke as well as a boon for all types of people in a city that has a variety of diseases including dengue. Punjab has a serious drug problem. More clinics would be a boon for the harassed people. For decades, people in Punjab and elsewhere have looked for better civic amenities. AAP has provided this in a relatively short time in Delhi. This experiment in better civic life and amenities was scoffed at initially. Other political parties and movements would do well to learn from this experience, as Punjab seems to be doing, and take from it what they may need in their own towns and cities.
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