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Boon Not Bane For BJP

‘Politics is a dirty game’ is a phrase that we have long been habituated to, for the way things transpire unimaginatively in this domain. In the olden days people joined a particular political party based on its ideology and stayed firmly grounded to it as much in prosperity as in adversity. There can be instances when an uncompromising politician may realize that his views tend to deviate from his party’s changing perspective, in which case the right course for him is to either change his approach or quit the party for good. Trouble arises when a politician cannot digest the success of his leader and is all the time at loggerheads with his own party attacking it endlessly without reason. Shatrughan Sinha can be considered as one such person who will be remembered for spitting venom against his own party. He is the sitting BJP MP from Patna Sahib constituency. After the 2014 parliamentary elections when the NDA stormed to power with a thumping majority under Narendra Modi’s leadership he was sidelined and not considered worthy of a ministerial berth. This ought to have upset him immensely and since then despite being in the party he has always been taking up the cudgels against it and has been the staunchest opponent of the Prime Minister, simply unable to savour his success. Finally, after years of unease he has parted ways from the BJP and joined the Congress party. I personally feel that it is a great relief and advantage for the BJP for as we all know that if some adversary attacks the party it can be taken in the stride but when a party-man does likewise it demoralises the party and boosts up the opposition.



Poaching Member Legislators

If the BJP in Goa is exultant over the latest round of coup affected to bolster its strength in the state assembly, it has all the more reasons to be weary of the ‘achievement’. The current modus operandi where the new Chief Minister has shown no inhibitions in ‘poaching’ member legislators from his allies in the present government to fortify the party’s position in the ruling-coalition points to an unethical political trend which will consequently have a bearing on the ties forged. With the associates perennially on the look-out for treacherous moves by the major partner in the government, the trust-quotient, or the lack of it, will eventually turn out to be a principal factor that will hamper good governance. Moreover, the new Chief Minister has given suggestions of being a political novice when it comes to tackling apprehensions among allies in a diplomatic manner over moves that have gone against the coalition-dharma. With off-the-cuff remarks about BJP ‘shutting’ the doors on Goa Forward Party MLAs who ever entertain thoughts of migrating to the Saffron-side at any time in future, it was apparent that he was cautioning the wily politician that the GFP supremo is against being too complacent about the solidarity among his legislators.



Rich Be Taxed To Fund NYAY

This refers to Jagdish Rattanani’s article, “’NYAY’, Naysayers And Politics Of Poverty” (NT, April 5, 2019). The Congress in its manifesto has made a promise of giving Rs 72,000 a year directly to the bank accounts of the poorest 5 crore (50 million) families if it comes to power under NYAY scheme. Given that the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has promised that there will be no increase in tax for the middle class and no withdrawal of existing major social welfare programmes the question is in what way this can be done. The World Inequality Lab, a group of economists based at the Paris School of Economics has predicted a probable way of getting the necessary fund. As the income inequality in India has reached an all time high, it says that the rich should be taxed to fund the NYAY. A two per cent tax on the total wealth on households owning more than Rs 2.5 crore of wealth would yield Rs 2.3 lakh crore or 1.1 per cent of GDP. This will affect only the top 0.1 per cent of households and leave out 99.9 per cent households.  This is not only the probable way but the best way of doing it as the super rich of our country are taxed much less than their counterparts in other countries that have achieved high rank in human development and inequality is much higher in India. Moreover, the Nyay money will act as a bridge between the surplus farm production and the hungry malnourished Indians. Thus it will bring smile both on farmers and the poor people of our country. On the Nyay scheme, well known economist and former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan says that it is a doable and well worth to think about such a scheme. He says it is a misreading of the scheme by the critics who claim this will make people not to work at all. It is a good idea to directly transfer the money to the bank account of a female member of a family as far as possible. It will minimize the money going to the alcohol market as only 2 to 5 per cent of Indian women consume alcohol and Indian men use alcohol 9.7 times more than Indian women.


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