When Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani floated former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s name for the Bharat Ratna, political heavyweights from various parties hastened to advocate the award for their own respective mentors, thus making a mockery of the nation’s highest civilian honour. But now, in the wake of Election-2009, the nation should collectively think about a couple of deserving candidates.
The people have given an unprecedented mandate in the elections to Dr. Manmohan Singh who has been sworn in again as the Prime Minister under the leadership of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. The President would do well to honour the people’s choice by awarding the Bharat Ratna to Dr. Singh and Ms. Gandhi.
It would be very graceful really if the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Advani, comes forward with such a recommendation.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal,
1775, Kucha Lattushah, Dariba, Chandni Chowk, Delhi – 110 006.A decisive mandate
India’s voters have given a decisive mandate in favour of the Congress-led UPA giving it a second term in the Government. The Congress won more seats in the Lok Sabha than it had at any time since 1996.
The electorate cut down to size the preachers of communal politics — the BJP and the National Democratic Alliance -- and the CPI (M)-led Third Front. The people also rejected arrogance and pomposity and displayed great maturity by jettisoning political parties based on caste, region, religion and ethnicity and totally discarding spoilers.
These results can rightly be called a ringing endorsement of the Manmohan Singh Government’s performance. With the Congress bagging over 200 seats, the verdict meant for a stable and strong Centre signals a paradigm shift in the country’s polity heralding the start of national parties’ return to pan-India level and the end of coalition era politics. The Congress exceeded its own expectations with sterling performances in several States across the country. This election pitch-forked the Congress to political centre-stage in Uttar Pradesh where it had been in the wilderness for two decades. It improved its tally in the State from nine Lok Sabha seats to 21. This is a clear sign of its revival in UP, which sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.
The credit for this goes to Sonia Gandhi’s charismatic leadership, Dr. Singh’s excellent performance, and to Rahul Gandhi, the idol of the Indian youth today.
M. Hashim Kidwai,
Ex-MP, C-501, Rosewood Apartments, Mayur Vihar, Delhi – 110 091.Rahul’s case
There is a strong case for Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi to be inducted into the new Union Council of Ministers and allocated the Ministry of Rural Development. The United Progressive Alliance rightly believes that the success of its flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee programme played a very important role in its spectacular performance in the Lok Sabha elections. As this scheme was extended throughout the country last year, retaining the goodwill of the people and ensuring effective implementation is the need of the hour. Only a person of the stature of Rahul Gandhi can ensure this. Also, since he, on the lines of his father Rajiv Gandhi, believes that only 10-15 paise out of each rupee allocated for public welfare programmes reach the grassroots, there is a dire need to check this.
I am hopeful that if Rahul takes up this challenging opportunity, he can to a considerable extent stem the rot in our government-funded schemes, of which a large chunk goes in the name of rural development.
House No. 414, Sector 7, Urban Estate, Ambala City (Haryana).House full
In their greed to use up every inch of the land available given the high property prices, builders in and around Delhi leave no space around upcoming new houses or flats, which is essential for proper ventilation and light. In cities down South such as Chennai and Visakhapatnam, leaving adequate space around every house is mandatory as per government rules. Such rules have been in force for the past 40 to 50 years. Further, it is compulsory to provide parking space for the vehicles of the residents, for which basements/cellars are provided in the apartments. No commercial activity is allowed inside the apartment premises.
Even when old houses are demolished for new construction, the above rules apply. In the National Capital Region, however, the basements are sold out for commercial and residential purposes, forcing the residents to park their vehicles on the road. This not only restricts the space available for public use, it increases the risk of accidents as well. It appears that no such rules are applicable in the NCR.
The Delhi Government should start by enforcing the above-mentioned rules for all new constructions and ensure strict compliance.
Ganti Mahapatruni Rama Rao,
C-1199, IFFCO Colony, Sector 17 B, Gurgaon – 122 001.Hello, Axis Bank…..
I hold a salary account (No. 120010100267397) with the Axis Bank. I went to withdraw Rs.8,000 on May 8 from the bank’s ATM at Shakti Nagar Chowk in Delhi. The process took a long time and at the end of it, to my utter surprise, I received only Rs.4,500. I counted the money thrice and then complained to the branch adjoining the ATM counter.
Without making any enquiry, they assured me that the balance of Rs.3,500 would be credited to my account within 48 hours. Since I was not satisfied with their approach, I also recorded my complaint to the concerned branch at Khan Market vide complaint No. 9114672. Even after 10 days, nothing happened. I then met the Branch Manager, Khan Market, who told me to contact the ATM Cell In-charge at Vikaspuri. She told me that my transaction was correct and she was helpless!
I am at a loss to figure out where exactly the balance amount went. I look forward to the bank making good my loss.
Johny V. V.,
DA – 214, SFS Flats, Shalimar Bagh, Delhi – 110 088.