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Kolkata: Describing the passage of the stalled Goods and Services Tax Bill as a parameter to measure the maturity of India’s political system, union finance minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday made a veiled attack on the Congress for “stalling the country’s progress”.

“The maturity of our political system is being tested. Not only the government in power but most regional parties also supported the GST move. But one political party wanted to use disruption as a tactic to prevent it – otherwise there would have been a consensus,” he said during an interactive event here organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce.

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The minister termed the last session of parliament as “somewhat disappointing but reasonably educative” as the GST Bill could not be pushed through despite a consensus being build around it. “People will see reason and when they see reason this whole polarisation between an India which wants to grow and minuscule minority which wants to block… I hope it will inject some sense in those who want to block,” he said.

Comparing the bicameral legislative structure between India and Britain, Jaitley said, since the upper house of parliament is not elected, the House of Commons or the lower house can push its bills despite the House of Lords opposing it. However, since both the houses in Indian Parliament are elected – directly and indirectly – a single house’ diktat cannot evolve a Bill into an Act. The minister, nevertheless, expressed optimism about it.

“I do hope as the world’s largest democracy we get out of this process of stalemate between directly and indirectly elected houses,” he said. The minister further blamed the former UPA government for stalling India’s growth alleging that the Congress-led regime adopted the policy of redistributing resources without increasing productivity.

“We had slowed down in the past few years because we tried alternate growth models,” Jaitley said, adding that UPA growth model propaganda looked attractive “as a slogan” but could not be executed at the ground level.

(IANS)

 

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Politicians compete with each other for power and this greed for power can demolish democracy

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Greed for power in politics may demolish democracy in India. Pixabay

By SALIL GEWALI

It is too disgusting that Shiv Sena is aiming for something which was nothing but an act of betrayal. Here the principles and ethos of the party are just sacrificed. The “chair” of Chief Minister is what the individual parties in Maharashtra are wanting so badly. And for this only Shiv Sena has severed its ties with its all-time ally BJP which emerged with the largest number of MLAs. Is it not the BJP with which Sena made the alliance before the election? Why so much bitter feelings after the poll result? Many past elections were fought on this mutual understanding. Sena had always taken pride and bragged about its power and clout as because the BJP was behind it. But now very contrary equation and chemistry are on display. NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena are sharing the ideas as opposed to the expectation of the whole electorate.

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Politics in India might lead to a sinking democracy.

One believes it’s Congress and its High common which Shiv Sena Supremo Late Bal Thackeray always disliked and ruthlessly held them up to ridicule. It was because they hold the opposing ideologies. But now his son Uddhav Thackeray kneeled down and sought the helping hand of those rival camps to walk the party through for the chair of Chief Minister. Going by the flood of comments on the social media, this party has ostensibly fallen from the grace. BJP is not a holy cow either. It is equally good at flexes its muscles for the power.

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While Maharashtra is already under the president rule, the NCP and Congress now exploring all possible means to back Shiv Sena.   Uddhav Thackeray only wants to see his son Aditya Thackeray being the Chief Minister of one of the riches states in the country. The trend is not at all healthy. Here everything is utterly clear that the cherished values of democracy in India are fast eroding. Majority of the states in the country, only the “particularly families” are  always standing up to rule the roost. This is a bigger threat to the fundamental values of the country.The NATION is no more controlled by the government of the people, nor is it for the people. It is the government of the particular families which is formed for the fulfillment of the low greed and narrow aspiration of those particular families. Lastly, it is the common people who are always at the receiving end of the leaders’ whims and tantrums. Phew, the country is not at all in the safe hands.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali