Behind the news: Arguments of Modi government cutting senior citizen facilities in railways

The railroads turned disaster into opportunity

Indian Railways had stopped train services during the corona virus epidemic. Then the media had created panic in the name of Corona, taking advantage of the fact that the Railways had stopped many other services and facilities in the name of the epidemic, which was not discussed in the media. As before, senior citizens used to get a discount of up to 50 percent on the fare, which was left out saying that by suspending this exemption, senior citizens would not make non-essential journeys. Even then this argument was ridiculed. But then it was thought that after the end of the Crown, the exemption for the elderly might be brought back. But on Wednesday, Parliamentary Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav made it clear that no exemption will be restored. Now the Minister of Railways has argued that it costs a lot, so it has been closed. It is surprising that many BJP governments provide free pilgrimages to senior citizens. There is no problem in bearing the expenses for this. By buying a plane worth ten billion rupees for the Prime Minister, by spending billions of rupees to build a new parliament building and a central view and by making idols worth billions of rupees, the Treasury of the government is not being loaded, but the elders were. no exemption is granted for rail travel, because the government is not in a position to bear the burden of such expenditure. Not only this, Ashwini Vaishnav, who served in corporate houses before becoming Railway Minister, further said that apart from AC 1, AC 2, AC 3, the coach of AC chair, sleeper and general bogie are also installed in railways. has to travel, he can travel in any of these according to his capacity. This means that if an elderly person has the status to walk in third class, they should walk in it.

The Railway Minister also said that even now the railway services are very cheap and 50 percent of the passenger fare is borne by the railways themselves. The question is, what is meant by the railways themselves? Have the Railways installed any machines to print notes? After all, even the money with railroads only comes from taxes, fares, or freight that people pay? However, the exemption granted to the elderly and sportsmen etc. has been suppressed creating an opportunity in the disaster.

It’s called political psychiatry

Only BJP can do this feat and it has done it too. In Maharashtra, Sambhaji Nagar has been renamed as Sambhaji Nagar and Dharashiv has been renamed as Dharashiv. It may sound strange to hear and read this, but it has happened. It is worth noting that just before it was thrown out of power in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray government had renamed Aurangabad and Osmanabad as Sambhajinagar and Dharashiv respectively. Neither the BJP nor the faction that broke away from the Shiv Sena had any objection to the renaming of these two cities. Despite this, the BJP, which formed the government under the leadership of Eknath Shinde, passed a new resolution in the cabinet to rename the two cities. The question is that when the rebels and Shiv Sena BJP leaders agreed with the Uddhav government’s decision to change the name and assumed that the new names that have been retained are correct, what is the point the name change exercise? In fact, the BJP, under its radical Hindutva politics, had to go on record as being involved in renaming the two cities with Muslim names. But this exercise of his cannot be considered as a mere policy of communal hatred or of taking credit. It can also be called psychiatry. However, the BJP feels that the new proposal to change the name will remove Uddhav Thackeray’s name from this decision and that they will not be recognized. His thinking like this will also be considered as the extreme of madness, because the saying of first mother so mir has not been made like this. The Uddhav Thackeray government took this decision about three weeks ago and its message has already gone out in Marathi Manoos.

Sinha insulted his own home state

In the history of presidential elections, no candidate would have been humiliated in his own state like Yashwant Sinha. He got a good number of votes in almost every state. Any opposition candidate got as many votes as he got. But it went very badly for Jharkhand. Normally, MLAs and MPs of the state the candidate belongs to vote for him across party lines, but this time the opposite happened in Jharkhand. There are a total of 81 MLAs and 14 MLAs in the state, out of which Yashwant Sinha did not get the vote of any MLA. Only eight of the deputies voted for it. This happened when two MLAs from the state belong to the UPA and nearly 50 MLAs have the support of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led UPA government. In fact, JMM had already announced to support Draupadi Murmu on behalf of the tribe. The Congress definitely supported Yashwant Sinha, but 12 Congress MLAs and the lone MLA voted for Murmu by cross-voting. All 30 JMM MLAs and one MLA also voted in favor of Murmu. Murmu had to secure the votes of 12 MLAs and 30 MLAs from the BJP and its allies. In this way, Sinha got the rest of the Congress and nine votes from the Left and RJD.

BJP bows to Nitish in Bihar

The BJP is now on the back foot in Bihar. BJP leaders dominated the government after assembly election 2020. It did what it wanted. The party’s state president and central ministers targeted Nitish Kumar heavily. He told the Chief Minister about the circumstances. Nitish Kumar became the Prime Minister by winning only 43 seats. Without his consent, an MP from his party, RCP Singh, became a minister at the Centre. But now the picture has changed. The leader who was a minister at the Center has died and everything is going according to the Janata Dal (U) in the state. The police captain of the capital Patna compared the Muslim fundamentalist organization People’s Front of India (PFI) to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and nothing happened to them. BJP leaders continued to push for the transfer, but the government did not listen. Earlier, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the conclusion of the Golden Jubilee program of the Bihar Legislative Assembly, the Bihar government did not make any announcement. On the same day he also went to Jharkhand, where the UPA government is, the government had announced this in all the newspapers. A few days earlier, Nitish Kumar had roused BJP leader and Assembly Speaker Vijay Sinha in the plenary itself. In the last three months, the party high command in Delhi has twice sent Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan to Patna, to assure Nitish that he will be the chief minister till 2025.

Why is Kejriwal attacking Modi?

Arvind Kejriwal, who once described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a coward and a psychopath, had long avoided a direct attack on him as he felt that attacking Modi directly was not beneficial as it angered Hindutva voters. So, even while attacking the BJP government, they did not target Modi. But now he has to change his stance. Now they are again directly attacking Modi and attacking these issues, which Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been raising so far. Kejriwal recently attacked Modi on two very sensitive issues. When PM Modi talked about ending the ‘Rewari culture’ in politics, Kejriwal was the one who bifurcated the most. Although Modi’s point was not only towards him but he took it upon himself to make the issue of Modi vs Kejriwal and held a press conference. In it, Kejriwal said that providing facilities to common people is not Rewari, but waiving loans of big industrialists is distributing Rewari. Moving on, he raised the very serious issue of pressuring the Adani group to get a wind power project in Sri Lanka and said that by pressuring foreign governments to get contracts from their friends, it is to distribute Rewari. Similarly, despite not getting permission to go to Singapore, Kejriwal recalled how the US had stopped Narendra Modi’s visa until a few years ago. Overall, it is clear that Kejriwal is once again escalating the showdown with Modi, because he has to stake his claim in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Uddhav Thackeray will not be able to save the bow and arrows

Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray had very confidently said that no one can take away the bow and arrow of his election symbol, but now it seems that election symbol will not be with him. After the Eknath Shide faction became the real Shiv Sena in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha, they now have to prove to the Election Commission that they are the real Shiv Sena. With more than two-thirds of the elected public representatives together, this task is very easy for the Shinde faction. It is true that Uddhav Thackeray has the power of organization and most of the members of the National Executive and the State Executive are with him, but on that basis he cannot retain the name and election symbol of the party . Normally, the Electoral Commission decides based on the number of people’s representatives. Since the BJP is completely with Eknath Shinde, the Election Commission is more likely to decide in his favour. If the Electoral Commission decides neutrally, it will decide based on the strength of the organization and the number of people’s representatives, and instead of giving the party name and election symbol to any party, it will confiscate both and give a new name and new name for both groups. Assignment symbol. The Election Commission took a similar neutral decision in the case of the Lok Janshakti Party in Bihar. Since the BJP had to keep both factions happy there, the decision was taken neutrally. The case of Maharashtra is different. As Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation elections will be held soon, the decision will be such that Uddhav Thackeray’s camp suffers maximum damage.

AAP and Owaisi are also a challenge to Congress

In states where assembly elections are due this year and next year, the Congress has to compete not only with the BJP but also against the challenge of the Aam Aadmi Party and Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM. Both the parties are doing politics by going to every state where there has been a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP so far. That is why these two parties are also called the B team of the BJP. Now the question is whether these two parties are really doing politics with a grand design or they naturally assume that by weakening the Congress and strengthening its base, even if the BJP wins in this endeavour, it will win? The latest example is from Madhya Pradesh, where the Congress lost the mayoral election in Burhanpur to Owaisi’s AIMIM party. Owaisi’s party had fielded a Muslim candidate, who got more than 10 thousand votes, while the Congress candidate lost by 543 votes. Similarly, in Singrauli, the Aam Aadmi Party won the mayoral election. There the Congress came second and the BJP third. Earlier, in Madhya Pradesh, there was usually a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress. But now two more parties have come, which will make it difficult for the Congress in next year’s elections. Both the parties will create similar difficulties for the Congress in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Aam Aadmi Party and AIMIM will cut Congress votes in these two commonly sensitive states. In Himachal Pradesh, this work will be done only by the Aam Aadmi Party, because there is a negligible Muslim population.

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