Thursday, June 19, 2008

19.06.2008: Opposition Provoked Events...

PEOPLE WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF POLITICS, SHOULD NOT WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR...EDITOR WITH NO KNOWLEDGE OF POLITICS SHOULD NOT EDIT THE NEWSPAPER! here is a classic case, some disgrunted soul, writes something and the editor of a "reputed" daily publishes it without checking...

1. VSA was elected to Assembly from Udupi in 1983 - not right to say he was never elected directly.
2. Central Home Minister Shivaraj Patil is an upper house member (Rajya Sabha)
3. It is not even two weeks - how did the writer decide so quickly that he can't handle it? Just because some opposition party leader or a TV channel said so?

Photo courtesy: Janardan Kodavoor
Read an Interview with the Times Of India
Cops can't be everywhere: Acharya
Bangalore: It has been a troublesome time for home minister V S
Acharya. Before he could recover from the police firing during the
farmer unrest over fertilizer scarcity, he had to handle the
Padmapriya suicide mystery. A person respected for his integrity and
capability, there's a perception that he did not deal with the two
vexatious issues firmly.

Excerpts from an interview
Are you satisfied in the manner in which the farmers' fury over
fertilizers scarcity was handled?

Within 24 hours, we were able to bring the situation under
control. Chief minister B S Yeddyurappa and I went to see the injured
and later we went to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
We have done everything possible to go to the root cause of the
problem. Of course, the provocation came from the opposition parties.
Now, the situation is under control. In two days, the fertilizer quota
for June will arrive. A judicial inquiry has been ordered into the
police firing. The opposition parties can stage dharnas because it is
their democratic right. What more do you want?

Did the police machinery fail to anticipate the full extent of the
farmers' anger?
There are 224 assembly constituencies, 176 taluks and 20,000 odd
villages. Can anybody expect the police to be posted in all these
places? In situations where the police can anticipate trouble, we are
prepared to handle it.

Why were there contradictory statements by the police on the Padmapriya case?
Investigation is on. But the important part is that the entire
incident stretched from June 11 to June 15. Once we got to know
Padmapriya's whereabouts, within 24 hours we traced her in New Delhi.
Unfortunately, she had committed suicide.

There's a perception that your statements on the Padmapriya case are
more as her husband Raghupathi Bhat's friend than a home minister...?
I am not the spokesperson of the home department, but only a home
minister. My speaking as a friend of Bhat does not arise at all. In my
political career of four decades, nobody can point a finger at me. I
am only sorry that we could not bring her back alive.
Another interivew with TOI:
CBI won't probe suicide'
Udupi: Home minister V S Acharya has reiterated that the Karnataka
police are competent enough to take up the Padmapriya case, and there
is no need for it to be handed over to the CBI.
He told reporters here on Wednesday that the case of BJP MLA
Raghupathi Bhat's wife,who was found dead in a New Delhi flat on Sunday, will be handled by
the police, with ADGP (law and order) A R Infant heading the team.
When the home minister was specifically asked if Infant would continue
to head the team, he said it was up to the DGP to decide such
Acharya was here to open the district incharge minister's office at
the DC's office premises. He said the office was open to the public.
"If need be, more officials will be posted to take care of work," he
Acharya said he had represented the chief minister at the recent
meeting of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers in
Delhi, called by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. There, he had urged
the PM to make sure that the issue price does not vary from state to
state, in the wake of the increasing price of petroleum products.
Acharya said he had brought to the Prime Minister's notice that
Karnataka would lose a lot of revenue because of the increase, and
requested that the Centre bear 50% of the expenses.


Bharath Kumar Shetty said...

First of all congratulations for becoming Home Misister of Karnataka.
Last few days I am keenly observing the turn of events in media. Not a great start for BJP (though it is not self inflicted issues) and I hope in future things will turn out great.

Here is my long pending dream to come true from politicians of your stature.

Biggest challenge for common man is corruption. It has cascading effects on so many things. If we are able to root out corruption, majority of the issues will be solved.
Here are my 2 simple proposals for the same
(1) Build student/people network against corruption. (Establish anti corruption squad by common people. Similar to NGO type). Recruit volunteers. Encourage them to fight corruption at grass root level.
(2) Strengthen lokayuktha and genuinely follow up the corruption cases

As an individual I fought many issues like in day to day life. But it will be fruitful if we fight as a group. The younger generation is waiting for such platform to make the difference.

-Bharath Shetty

prasca said...

ಕಳೆದ ಲೋಕಸಭಾ ಚುನಾವಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಘೋಷಿಸಿದ ಮೊದಲನೆ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶ ನಮ್ಮ ಈಗಿನ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಗೃಹಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳದ್ದು. ಹೀನಾಯವಾಗಿ ಸೋಲುಂಡರೂ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳ ನಂತರ ಪ್ರತಿಜ್ಞಾ ವಿಧಿ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿದ್ದು ಈ ಮಹಾಶಯರೆ. ಎಂತಹ ದುರಂತವಲ್ಲವೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಪ್ರಜಾ ಪ್ರಭುತ್ವ? ಸೋತ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ಅದೂ ಗೃಹಮಂತ್ರಿಯಾಗಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸುವುದು.

ಇದೆಲ್ಲ ನಮ್ಮ ಕಾಮಾಲೆಕಣ್ಣಿನ ಜನಗಳಿಗೆ ಏಕೆ ಕಾಣಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ?

Anonymous said...

Dear Bharath,

Thanks for your suggestions. But sometimes (most ofthe times), the common man is in a helpless/hopeless situation and he has to bribe somebody to get his work done. For some reasons he is in a hurry or he needs something urgent from the officials. They make his life miserable by introducing silly delays i.e. somebody is on leave, computer system is not working, we are waiting for somebody's approval/signature or we have not received any complaint/request. One solution is to convert all the offices to paperless offices that would save our environment and everything is recorded, prople should be able to complaint about somebody if he is corrupt (I think this might be already in place but I am not aware. Then awareness has to be increased by media), status of the complaints to be made public (as we are discussing some issues directly with the home minister without anybody's intervention). I know the people at the top too are corrupt in some cases but it does not have direct impact on the poor person who is waiting for some record from some officer since many days. He has to go to city from his village, stay there or travel everyday to follow up or to get the document.... I think this scene is clear to everybody ...

- Satya