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Is Modi ready to debate with Kejriwal?

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A free man now, Arvind Kejriwal, after he stepped down as Delhi’s chief minister, continued his attack on Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP’s Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi. Kejriwal wants Modi to break his silence on gas pricing. He also wants Modi to specify what is his and his party’s relation with Mukesh Ambani and Adani? The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is continuing its attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. It’s a known fact that Modi’s huge and mega rallies are sponsored by Adani and Ambanis, both these tycoons have played major role in making of Modi a ‘Brand’. Kejriwal said Modi should speak on Mukesh Ambani and gas pricing in Himachal’s rally which he conducted on Sunday. The AAP leader also questioned Gandhi’s support to higher gas price allegedly favouring the Ambanis. The party has been attacking the two leaders over this issue ever since an FIR was registered by AAP led Delhi government against Mukesh Ambani and Union Petroleum Minister Veerappa Moily. His party has been making the gas pricing as an issue ahead of 2014 General elections. Would 2014 elections be fought between AAP and Mukesh Ambani, with Rahul and Modi being agents of Mukesh Ambani?

On Kejriwal’s orders, the Delhi government’s anti-corruption bureau had registered an FIR against Union Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, Reliance Industries chief Mukesh Ambani, former Union Minister Murli Deora and retired director general of Hydrocarbons VK Sibal for creating an artificial shortage of natural gas in the country and raising its prices.

A few months back, Modi had challenged Mr. Rahul Gandhi for a debate and Gandhi did not responded to him. Now, is Modi ready to debate with Arvind Kejriwal? Before elections, there should be debate between in these three leaders. Let people know who is capable to head them? Democracy has the Rights to Reject. If Kejriwal can’t bring the bill this time then he could table it in the next session. There are people on streets and slums of Delhi who voted to Kejriwal, believing that he will change their life. Leaving all such crucial priorities aside, he wouldn’t have resigned. There is no doubt that crony capitalism must end and transparency must prevail. But ‘everyone is thief approach’ must be given up otherwise our economy would suffer heavily. On the other hand, his question to Modi is valid, Modi has given a lot of favours to Ambani for his industries in Gujarat and the bond between them is rock solid. So, expecting Modi to break silence on Ambani and Adani would be laughable. He won’t make any statement since it would mean violation of agreement with the Reliance. It’s good that at least Kejriwal is daring to take up the issue and exposing them openly. Now, people of this country have to decide what they want. Whoever comes in power, RIL will be the favourite punching bag for AAP and the party will go to any extent to expose them. Unfortunately, for RIL, they have a product ‘gas” which directly hurts the common man. It is really surprises me that people are avoiding the issue by saying matter is being ‘Subjudice’! Discussing alleged unethical things by the corporate houses is never deemed as contempt of court. At last, someone dares to break the conspiracy of silence. The important issues of the day have been carefully shielded from public debate under the guise of “growth” and “governance.” While Manmohan Singh’s reticence is to blame, the principal opposition’s obstructionist stances have led to the death of issue-based politics.

The Indian public discourse needed a rude shake-up to revive these issues. The four pillars, Executive, Legislature, Judiciary and the Media have slipped into a comfort zone in the sleaze of crony capitalist growth. True transparency will start with disclosures on electoral funds, but will take at least another 10 years. The revolution has barely begun and will need persistent support. Those who have manipulated systems so far will try to do so more virulently. Ambani must proceed to court; many things will come out if court takes serious note of it.

Survey conducted by many organization come to a conclusion that many fake twitter ids were created to favour Modi and dislike others. Many senior politicians of BJP and other parties were abused by these supporters. Who is the brain child behind this, to create fake ids to tweet? How much money has been spent on this project? A probe is needed to establish Modi and Businessmen nexus. After this, court will also ask the government to clarify, who is ruling Gujarat? Modi is touring the nation from last one year, busy in attending mega rallies and meeting people to generate supports in his favour.

Meanwhile, neither Modi nor any other politicians dares to utter a single word against Mukesh Ambani. They know the consequences of speaking against him. No political parties or politicians would like to lose election funds offered by corporate houses. RIL and Adani groups are in collusion with Modi, is further exposed from the CAG report which reveals that they were awarded farmland at throw-away prices. It becomes a trend that now the corporate houses do not put their eggs in one basket but in different baskets so that any political party captures power, they do not get harmed by it. Moreover, Kejriwal believes too much in populist talk. He should focus in constructive moves. That will be good for his political career as well as politics of this country.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for past 16 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazine Beyond The News, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs. Besides journalism, she is also an Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author.
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