Cash scheme

Cash scheme

The UPA's announcement about direct cash transfer appears to have riled the Sangh Parivar, with the Organiser carrying the cover story "Congress Cash Transfer Hoax", ostensibly to expose the Congress's "hidden agenda". The story equates this "obnoxious political extravaganza" to "bribing the voter with tax-payers' money" that will work "against the aam aadmi" in the long term. "It hopes this promise of a regular cash dole to poor families across the country for all times to come will fill up the ballot boxes for the Congress... It is a fiscal scandal, a political fraud and a treacherous conspiracy to permanently ruin [the] Indian economy and push it to the ranks of the spendthrift European economies," claims the Organiser. Moreover, the move will give rise to spiralling prices; end subsidies on fuel, food and fertiliser; and force migration to cities.

Panchjanya has an editorial criticising the move as a motivated attempt by the Congress, with an eye to elections, to tide over the impression of "Congress ka haath, bhrashtachariyon ke saath" by riding on new slogans like "aapka paisa, aapke haath".

Killing democracy

The Sangh Parivar appears to have been rattled by the claims of a retired CAG official on 2G spectrum allocation findings, dejected by the prime minister's rejection of the BJP's demand for holding back the new CBI chief's appointment and frustrated by the government's agreement to debate FDI in Parliament with a vote. So much so that the editorial in Organiser has used these developments to declare that "the word democracy for the current Indian political scenario seems a misnomer" in the "theatrics" of the ruling Congress.

Without taking cognisance of the opposition's obstructionist and maximalist positions on several issues, the editorial says the Congress "has been committing one sin after another" and it would have caused "irreversible corrosion to the constitutional structure of India" by the time it demitted office. It highlights attacks on the offices of the CAG, PAC, Parliament.

These opinions have been prompted by the recent controversy over 2G spectrum allocation against the backdrop of claims by a retired CAG official. The editorial claims "the government has let loose its team... to launch a shrill, low-level disinformation campaign against the CAG" in an apparent attempt to wriggle itself from "the other reports of the CAG on coal blocks, airports, power and Commonwealth Games" which it can dump as "exaggerated and unfounded".

Babri, 20 years

Panchjanya celebrates two decades of the demolition of the Babri mosque in a cover story. It declares that the "resolve" of Hindus is fast gaining strength for building the Ram temple at Ayodhya: "The Babri structure was demolished with the Hindu unity then, we need similar Hindu unity now for construction of Ram temple," the story quotes one of the "saints" present at a recent conference of saints in Ayodhya.

"The temple construction will begin in 2014," VHP patron Ashok Singhal is reported to have said at the gathering.

Compiled by Ravish Tiwari

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