Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi

Press statement issued by BJP National Spokesperson, Smt. Meenakshi Lekhi 

1.The Unlawful Suspension of IAS Durga Shakti by Akhilesh Yadav Is A Clear Message that Honesty Is To Be Punished And Goondagardi RewardedOn Sunday, 1.27 am, 2009 batch, IAS Durga Shakti Nagpal was suspended by Akhilesh Yadav, CM of UP, for following orders of the District Magistrate. She was accused by the CM for exciting communal tensions by demolishing the walls of an illegal mosque. But, the reality is that Durga, an honest and hardworking officer, seized more than 24 dump trucks and arrested several leaders of illegal sand-mining gangs. She also impounded 297 vehicles and collected a fine of over Rs 80 lakh.

The illegal dredging, by the sand mining gangs of Gautam Budh Nagar, on the banks of the rivers Yamuna and Hindon had affected the entire district adversely, and were causing ecological disasters like water pollution and contamination, apart from destruction of marine environment and organisms. 

Following her suspension, Azam Khan, a senior minister from the ruling Samajwadi Party in a bid to defend the illegal mining gangs, said that everyone has a right on the natural resources and quoted "Ram naam ki loot hai loot sako to loot (You are allowed to loot in the name of lord Ram)".

But the shamelessness does not end here, Narendra Bhati, another party worker who is close to several sand mining mafia dons, has claimed to have gotten Durga Shakti suspended in 41 minutes, and is very proud of the same. He touts this act of flexing his political muscle as a "power of democracy" and various tapes of his speech are now doing rounds on media channels.

The suspension of Durga Shakti is a new low adding to the woes of the lawless state of UP, and a very clever ploy by the Samajwadi Party. By her suspension, the party is achieving two targets. One of demoralizing the administrative staff of the country by driving home the message that righteousness and honesty will be punished. The other target is the political drama on "secularism" by inflaming religious anger on the "so called" demolition of a mosque wall, in a bid to pick up votes for the elections to be held in sometime.

It is pertinent to note that Samajwadi Party and its CM are unable to implement any good project 41 months, but its party members brag about the suspension of an honest IAS officer in 41 minutes. It is quite an achievement one can say, to demoralise the bright officers of various forces of the country and send a message across that honesty is to be punished and goondagardi to be rewarded.

2. The Government yesterday eased norms for FDI in multi-brand retail by diluting contentious 30 per cent sourcing clause and allowing foreign chains to set up stores in cities which have population less than ten lakh.
This move comes after specific lobbying by Global Retailers like Wal-Mart and Tesco.

It is shameful that almost a year since the UPA Government allowed FDI in Multi-brand Retail there has been no significant foreign investment to speak of. It is also questionable why the Government had framed clauses in such an unthinking manner that it had to rescind them one year on at the express request of Foreign Retailers. It is surprising though that the Government has also relaxed mandatory back-end infrastructure rules as well as in the case of FDI in Retail. This was one of the biggest arguments made by the UPA to justify FDI in Retail in the first place citing the lack of Cold Supply Chain Infrastructure among other things.

This flip-flop by the UPA is symptomatic of the irrational manner in which it has gone about economic policymaking. It is also clear that the UPA having been unable to arrest the slide of the Rupee all these weeks and months is now scrambling to somehow shore up the Rupee by expecting the Foreign Retailers to make big investments.

If the UPA had paid more attention to growing the Infrastructure Sector all these years and had demonstrated better stewardship of the Indian Rupee we perhaps would not be in this situation with policy flip-flops that make us look like a Banana Republic to Foreign Investors.

It would be pertinent to note that Mr. Narendra Modi, the Campaign Committee Chairman of the BJP, has repeatedly emphasized on the importance of having a Stable and Transparent Policy Regime. Our party's commitment if voted to power would be to restore Trust and Confidence in Indian Citizen and Foreign Investors with a stable and transparent policy regime without the kind of flip-flops of the UPA era.

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