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Apr 21, 2014
Holy Aqua!

It’s testing waters in Varanasi for Kejriwal (Once Upon an April in Kashi, Apr 7). How deep and strong the current?

Adithyan, Chennai
Mar 29, 2014
01:09 PM

Taking a dip in the Ganges at Benares is a triumph of faith over hygiene and sensibility. Visited the holy city during the 1998 general election. Have very pleasant memories of feeding the deer carrots on a sun dappled evening at Sarnath.

ashok lal
mumbai, India
Mar 29, 2014
02:09 PM

It is the unfortunate fact, that the Congress dynasty had only a religious fanatic ( communal ) opposition to face, is the reason for the destruction / decadence of Indian politics.

Chennai, India
Mar 29, 2014
02:25 PM

Kejriwals questions to Modi ( in Gujarat )

Q1. Does government plan to raise the price of KG Basin gas to $16 per unit? If you become the prime minister, will you raise the price of gas to $16 per unit?

Q2. Is it true that your government is buying solar energy at Rs. 13 per unit, and that without inviting tenders? MP and Karnataka buy solar power at Rs. 7.5 per unit and Rs. 5.5 per unit after inviting tenders, so why is your government buying electricity (solar power) at such high price?

Q3. You claim that agriculture growth rate in Gujarat is 11%, but by your own government's estimates in 2006-2007 agricultural production in the state was Rs. 27,815 crore. In 2012-2013, agricultural production fell to Rs. 25,908 crore. This means agricultural production has fallen in Gujarat during your tenure and the annual agricultural growth rate is -1.18% (sic). How do you then claim agriculture growth rate is 11%?

Q4. In the last 10 years almost two-third small industries have shut down in Gujarat. We found that in a small place like Mehsana alone 140 of the 187 small industrial units have shut down. Under such circumstances, what is your model for development? Will you shut down all small, medium industries in the country and hand over industry in the country to select business houses?

Q5. You claim that there is no corruption in Gujarat, but people in towns and villages told us that there is rampant corruption in all government departments. People have to pay bribes to get BPL cards, avail government schemes or make licences. How do you then claim that there is no corruption in Gujarat?

Q6. At least two of your ministers are accused of involvement in financial scams? Couldn't you find honest persons for your ministry among 6 crore Gujaratis.

Q7. Would you like to comment on your relationship with businessman Mukesh Ambani?

Q8. Recently, 13 lakh people applied for 1,500 junior-level government posts in Gujarat. How do you then claim that there is no unemployment in the state?

Q9. Young people employed by your government on contract are paid a mere Rs. 5,300 monthly? Can an educated, self-respecting person survive on Rs. 5,300?

Q10. Do you accept that it is the government's responsibility to provide good education to the country's poor? We have travelled across Gujarat's villages and towns in the last few days. Gujarat's government schools are in a poor state. We have also found colleges where there are only three teachers including the principal for 600 children. With such education system, how can the country progress?

Q11. Do you accept that a government's responsibilities include providing good healthcare services? Government health services are crippled in the entire state. There is corruption everywhere. In many villages, the primary health centres are shut, lying in ruins. In hospitals at taluka and district-levels, more than half of the posts are vacant. Those who are there, they don't come. The hospitals do not have medicines. Under such circumstances, why are you making claims of providing good health services in Gujarat before the entire country?

Q12. Farmers throughout Gujarat are unhappy with your government. He gets less than what he spends for his produce because on minimum support price, your government has been ignoring him. Farmers are being forced to commit suicide. In the last few years, 800 farmers have committed suicide in Gujarat and you have stopped all subsidies which were given to farmers.

Q13. You are going around the country saying your government has taken electricity to villages. We have found that 4 lakh farmers applied for electricity connection to your government for years, but they are not getting it. When you are not even giving connection to farmers, then why are you making hollow claims on providing electricity?

Q14. Under your government, the land of farmers is being snatched away and you are giving them to your favourite industrialists at throwaway prices. In this, many farmers have not been given compensation. To those farmers whom you have paid compensation, the amount is way less than the market rate. You have snatched away farmers' land and given them to industrialists such as Adani and Ambani at the rate of Rs. 1 per square metre. Why? Why is your government so heartless towards farmers?

Q15. The height of Narmada Dam was raised in 2005 to provide water to the people of Kutch for drinking and farming. But, even eight years later, the people of Kutch have not got water. This water was given to some of your favourite industrialists. Why this discrimination against the people of Kutch?

Q16. You had said in Punjab that the land of Sikhs living in Kutch, Gujarat, will not be snatched away. The truth is your government has moved court to take away the land of Sikh families. Why don't you take back this case?

Q17. You move around in private helicopters and aircraft. How many such aircraft/choppers do you have? Who do they belong to? How much do you pay for these aircraft/choppers? Or, does someone else pay for them? Why don't you make your air travel expenses public?

Chennai, India
Mar 29, 2014
06:50 PM

Why are the Questions asked by Kejriwal ,disliked by so many.

To me the Question no 9 ,on people being asked to work for 5300/month in a devloped Gujrat in itself shows ,glaring inequality.

Wonder when the Media will ask answers from Modi,if and when he agrees to give a Press conference.Which he will not until the Elections are over.

Even the clarification of the Gujrat Govt a few days back lacked clarity and was vague,ignoring the Question.

As for Kejriwal he did little justice to the mandate.

Had Kejriwal continued as CM and got a few Babus and cops arresed for Graft and done the bare minimum he would have carried a lot of credibility.

Instead he blew up the mandate and is roaming around the Country talking sense ,but no one is lending a Ear ,given his past as CM.

But the Modiites attacking Kejriwal because he is asking Tough Questions is Pathetic.

Modi is promising Milk and Honey to India,let him give answers to these Questions.

Congress is discredited and has no guts to seek answers.

chennai, India
Mar 30, 2014
01:32 PM

Calling his opponents "Pakistani agents" is the lowest level that a candidate can fall, but there is no level that is too low for Modi!

Dallas, United States
Mar 30, 2014
05:52 PM

Calling someone 'Pak agent', Anwar, thinks is lowest form of calling names. But he abosoluely doesn't mind 'Hitler, maut ka Sauagar, Fascist' etc etc.He always equates RSS with Paki extremism. So why can't someone be called a Paki agent when he appeses the Muslims? If Hindu appesers are called RSS agent so Muslim appesers can be called Paki agent. but you see when you have soft spot only for your own people you are naturally biased.

I never call the leftists Simi agents etc but Mr Anwar routinely calls right wing people RSS agent. Why?

This Saba lady has been predicting Modi's and BJP 's disapperence from the face of the earth since last 10 yrs. Poor lady worked very hard burning midnight oil in churning articles after articles. Must have been a solac for our leftist friends here. However, she just forget what she wrote and now happily accepting Modi as a formidable force. Is this shamlessness or lack of intelligence or mediocritiy of standard of journalism ?

Latley, Modi critics have problem with him but they have no issues with Congress and their failure in providing good governance. Go visit India and see how far behind we are in every thing.

India with good governance should have been like Bangkok, Singapore by now. But, I guess those who support Congress love dirty, filthy, smelly India. Coz once you are used to messy disorganised life and you are put in, for example, in clean envirorment you just wait to go back to your comfort zone. Thats the pretty much the situation in India. Now with 60 yrs of subjugation, low living quality esp Muslims now they dont even know what it means to have good life, education, healthy living etc.

madrid, Spain
Mar 31, 2014
02:15 AM

As much as saba tries to make this into Modi vs Kejriwal contest, Kejriwal does not stand a chance to get anywhere close to Modi.  AAP's popularity is waning even in delhi. I am sure it is going to get worse as elections get closer as people get to know them well, they will run away from these anarchists. He should be happy if he keeps his deposit.

NJ, United States
Mar 31, 2014
11:36 AM

Why battleground Varanasi is different: by Shiv Visvanathan

What Mr. Kejriwal is asking is that Varanasi become more reflective and, therefore, initiate a more dramatic investigation of Mr. Modi and his politics.

There is a second tacit contrast. Mr. Modi sees the Varanasi of Hindutva. Mr. Kejriwal claims a more relaxed but lived Hinduism. He signals a holiness, which allows for difference, which generates the secular. He hints at the Varanasi of amity, of many faiths rather than a saffron Varanasi. For Mr. Kejriwal, the colours of Varanasi go beyond saffron and he is not ready to yield the symbolism of saffron to the Sangh Parivar. There is a quiet contest about what it means to be Hindu without invoking the opposition of Hindu versus Muslim.

Dallas, United States
Mar 31, 2014
08:57 PM
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Kutch, India
Mar 31, 2014
09:16 PM

"Need more proof that AAP is a B team of Congress ?"

No. But I will provide one more. Soniamma, speaking in Delhi, criticized AAP for running away from governance.

And till the time of this typing, AAP has NOT hit back at Sonia. Kejriwal was "necked" during a roadshow and he tweeted while he was being necked.

And a full day later, he still has no guts to respond directly to Sonia.

Akash Verma
Chennai, India
Apr 01, 2014
02:24 PM

After AK taking dip in Ganges only thing can be said about Ganges............

"Ram Teri Ganga Meli"

Ahmedabad, India
Apr 01, 2014
09:07 PM

@ Anwaar 5D-76,

>>> Calling his opponents "Pakistani agents" is the lowest level that a candidate can fall, but there is no level that is too low for Modi!

Dude, Modi is not calling all his opponents "pakistani agents". Only those are called "pakistani agents" who have sympathy and soft corner for our enemy pakistan and blood-thirsty terrorists. Hope u understand this.

Pune, India
Apr 02, 2014
01:01 PM
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Kutch, India
Apr 02, 2014
01:02 PM
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Kutch, India
Apr 02, 2014
02:21 PM

6/D-106 @gayatri: "If Hindu appesers are called RSS agent so Muslim appesers can be called Paki agent."

Err, RSS is not a country.

mumbai, India
Apr 02, 2014
02:40 PM

Kejriwal-Dilli Ka Bhagoda -Raj Narayan BUFFOON of 2014 :)

Singapore, Singapore
Apr 02, 2014
03:05 PM

@ Communalist - "Err, RSS is not a country"

If you want to quibble, so be it. Call them agents of the ISI instead of Paki agents.. After all, it is the ISI which calls the shots in a failed state called Pakistan.

Visakhapatnam, India
Apr 03, 2014
04:16 PM

" .......short history of AAP, this is also the election when they will be.making specific com­munity-centric appeals. " This from a party which calls itself SECULAR !!! No wonder SECULAR is used as a 4 letter word. "SECULARS" want somebody to somehow challenge Modi (defeating is not feasible) & even a Jailed Don is OK. He immediately becomes RobinHood & Dabang-Type Leader etc. Now their last hope is AK. Tch Tch Such a fall from grace!

Abhijit Kane
Mumbai, India
Apr 04, 2014
05:42 AM

Testing waters in Varanasi, how deep, how strong the current, how hot?

chennai, India


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