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Let Delhi government function independently: Arvind Kejriwal appeals to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a letter, to allow his government function independently in the state. The Aam Aadmi Party leader also accused the Centre of trying to run the Delhi administration through Lt. Governor.

As reported by PTI, Kejriwal mentioned in the letter the posting and transfers made by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and said the elected government must have a say in distribution of work to senior officials.

“In Delhi, Central government is trying to run government unconstitutionally through the Lt Governor. Let Delhi government function independently,” Kejriwal said.

The letter by Kejriwal came a day after both he and Jung took their ugly spat over appointment of bureaucrats, to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Kejriwal had met Mukherjee along with his deputy Manish Sisodia on Tuesday, complaining about the interference of Jung in the functioning of Delhi government.

Sisodia was reported by PTI as stating, “LG was functioning as if there is President’s Rule in the national capital and there is no elected government here.”

“Despite having a democratically elected government, he (LG) is bypassing the chief minister and ministers and issuing instructions to officers. He is even threatening them with transfers if they do not follow his orders. It is not good for democracy.”

“We told the President that we accepted LG’s decision to appoint acting Chief Secretary even without consulting us. But after that too, he has been appointing officers bypassing the elected government. He is even interfering in the appointments of secretaries and directly ordering them. Then where is democracy,” he added.

However as per news reports, the Lt Governor has maintained that he has the power to appoint and transfer the bureaucrats and none the actions taken by him has been “unconstitutional” as was being alleged by the AAP government.

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  • Mission of a regional Government is to make sure that people of the region have facilities and services required for a decent normal life. Lt. Governor is there to facilitate that mission. So far no one not even its arch enemy has accused the Government of not trying to provide facilities to the populace. People have little to do with the Lt. Governor, a nominated position like the vice-Roy of the British Raj, whose duty was to secure loot and enslavement of the population for the benefit of the ruler. The Governor seems to be playing exactly the same role. Instead of supporting the elected Government to work for the people the man is forcing himself with the help of cronies in high places, wearing a mask of democracy and constitution, to make things difficult for the Government. His agenda seems to be to make the Government unpopular with the masses and find excuses to dismiss them. This is a breed of Indian that Anna Hazare called “KALA ANGREZ”. They do best what they have been doing since 1947: use Government machinery to enrich family, transfer trillions to overseas account etc. It is time that all political parties and institutions in India who believe in working for the nation and not for the OLIGARCHY should now close rank and support AAP Government.

  • Mission of a regional Government is to make sure that people of the region have facilities and services required for a decent normal life. Lt. Governor is there to facilitate that mission. So far no one not even its arch enemy has accused the Government of not trying to provide facilities to the populace. People have little to do with the Lt. Governor, a nominated position like the vice-Roy of the British Raj, whose duty was to secure loot and enslavement of the population for the benefit of the ruler. The Governor seems to be playing exactly the same role. Instead of supporting the elected Government to work for the people the man is forcing himself with the help of cronies in high places, wearing a mask of democracy and constitution, to make things difficult for the Government. His agenda seems to be to make the Government unpopular with the masses and find excuses to dismiss them. This is a breed of Indian that Anna Hazare called “KALA ANGREZ”. They do best what they have been doing since 1947: use Government machinery to enrich family, transfer trillions to overseas account etc. It is time that all political parties and institutions in India who believe in working for the nation and not for the OLIGARCHY should now close rank and support AAP Government.

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Cho Ramaswamy: The Man Who Wore Many Hats

Cho Ramaswamy won several accolades and awards during his career as an entertainer and as a journalist.

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Cho Ramaswamy was undoubtedly one of the most prominent indian Personalities. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy was undoubtedly one of the most prominent Indian Personalities. Twitter

By Ruchika Verma

  • Cho Ramaswamy was a multi-talented man who ventured into acting, directing, journalism and politics
  • He was very close to late CM of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa for whom he acted as a philosopher and guide
  • Cho Ramaswamy was very vocal about his criticism of politicians and unethical practices

Srinivasa Iyer or Cho Ramaswamy was an Indian film actor, director, magazine editor, political satirist, and a lawyer. He was born on 5th October 1934 and was one of the most prominent Tamil personalities in India.

Cho Ramaswamy's magazine Tughlak has a huge fan following. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy’s magazine Tughlak has a huge fan following. Twitter

He was the man of many talents who passed away at the age of 82 on 7th December 2016. Cho Ramaswamy the founder and editor of the Tamil magazine Thuglak, was also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Bhushan award, for his contributions in Literature and Education.

Cho Ramaswamy undoubtedly was one of the most prominent personalities in the southern Indian politics. Here are few things about his life which you may not have known before:

How his career started 

Cho Ramaswamy was first and foremost a lawyer by profession, being born in a family of lawyers. He later branched into theatre, films and finally into journalism and politics.

Cho Ramaswamy won Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education. Facebook
Cho Ramaswamy won Padma Bhushan for his contribution in the field of Literature and Education. Facebook

He got into the theatre while he was still practising law. His work as a satirist was very much appreciated. His most famous drama is  ‘Muhammad bin Tughluq,’ it was so brilliant that it became a classic.

He ventured into journalism and founded his own magazine Tughlak, which was mainly focused on the local social and political issues. It was widely and highly appreciated for its satirical and honest views on the politicians and politics. He was fearless in his criticism of the governments.

He later got into politics and was a member of Rajya Sabha from 1999 to 2005. He openly went against Jayalalithaa, when she was at her most powerful, even though she was very close to him. He even predicted Narendra Modi as India’s Prime Minister, long before BJP even declared him as a candidate. He was a true visionary in all senses.

Cho Ramaswamy and Jayalalithaa 

Cho Ramaswamy and Jayalalithaa were one pair of friends whose relationship went beyond friendship to a plane where not all can reach. Jayalalithaa debuted as a child actress with the YG Parthasarathy drama troupe where Cho Ramaswamy was already a star. They worked together in 19 films.

Cho Ramaswamy was Jayalalithaa’s greatest friend but also her most vocal critic. It was the only who was consulted in the matters of Jayalalithaa’s political career by herself and by the star-politician MGR. He acted as her friend, philosopher and guide in films as well as in politics.

The late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was extremely close to Cho Ramaswamy. Twitter
The late Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa was extremely close to Cho Ramaswamy. Twitter

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It is being said many times that the late Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa once told Ramaswamy that he has to live till she is alive. Interestingly, Cho Ramaswamy died barely 36 hours after Jayalalithaa died. According to doctors who were treating him, before he was put on the ventilator, he watched the live coverage of Jayalalithaa’s body lying in state at Rajaji Hall, Chennai.

There is only one instance of discord between the two, during 1996-2001, where he became a staunch critic of Jayalalithaa because of her unethical ways as a Chief Minister. However, as she mended her ways, he warmed up to her again.

Cho Ramaswamy not only influenced Jayalalithaa’s professional life as an actress and politician, but also her personal life. She considered him her and guide and consulted him before all major decisions.

Ramaswamy and his achievements 

Cho Ramaswamy won several accolades and awards during his career as an entertainer and as a journalist. Apart from being awarded a Padma Bhushan, he also won B.D. Goenka award for excellence in journalism.

Cho Ramaswamy was also famous for his closeness with various prominent politicians, including Narendra Modi. Twitter
Cho Ramaswamy was also famous for his closeness with various prominent politicians, including Narendra Modi. Twitter

His achievements were not only limited to awards. His achievements went beyond that. His association with prominent political leaders like Jayaprakash Narayan, L.K. Advani, Chandra Shekhar, G.K. Moopanar, Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi, and his role in influencing some of their decisions are noteworthy.

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His achievements as a playwright and actor are also noteworthy. Many of his plays went onto becoming national hits. And he received critical acclaim for his acting as well as his stints as a director.

Perhaps, one of his biggest achievement was the fact that he took many roles throughout his life and ended up successful in all of them. He was indeed the man who wore many hats, and managed to balance them all equally well.