Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Model Code of ( Hypocrite ) Conduct ?



For many months now , NDA government had been discussing advancing of Union Budget to 01 Feb of each year

PM Shri Modi even told Chief Secretaries of the States re this in September 2016
Then finally confirmed it on 31st Dec

To be followed by Election Commission's announcement of holding polls in 5 states , starting with Goa on 04 Feb

Now 16 political parties ( opposition ) has asked EC to tell the government , not to offer any sops ( even to the poorest ? ) , in forthcoming budget

Or , postpone the budget after the polls are over in March 2017

Why ?

Opposition argues :

Model Code of Conduct ( which kicked in from 01 Feb ) , prohibits political parties to " bribe the voters " with goodies / freebies etc ( ostensibly to win votes )

I call this , a case of " Selective Amnesia " meaning ,

A case of conveniently forgetting following background :

[  A  ]


On 22 Feb 2014 , following Supreme Court directives , the Election Commission , revised , " Model Code of Conduct " , containing guidelines on what kind of poll promises , political parties can incorporate in their poll manifestos

GUIDELINES

*   Parties shall make only those promises which are possible to be fulfilled



*   It is expected that manifestos also reflect the rationale for the promises
     and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it



*   Party in power shall stop advertizing for publicity of achievements



[  B  ]


In its manifesto released on 24 March 2014 , Congress has promised to create 10 Crore ( = 100 million ) new jobs in next 5 years , if voted to power


No explanation / clarification in Congress Manifesto as to how they plan to find Rs 10 crore*crore , to create these jobs !


[  C  ]

During past few weeks ,

*  Akhilesh Yadav has promised to give away ( of course, FREE ) , Smart phones to all young people of UP.( How can he forget 10 lakh FREE laptops that brought him to power ! )

*  Captain Amrinder Singh has promised , not only Smart phones but also JOBS to 91
lakh young people of Punjab

Now , you may say :

Hey ! These promises were " OUTSIDE " of Manifesto and made  BEFORE  the Code of Conduct kicked in ! So that don't count !



[  D  ]


And if you ponder the following scenario, then it would appear that we would have Model Code of Conduct operating in some or other part of our country , ALL ROUND THE YEAR !


>  Out of 545 MPs , some 163 ( 30 % ) are facing criminal cases


I go on to assume that ,


>  Out of a total of 4131 MLAs , a similar 30 % are facing criminal cases


That is , some 1,239 MLAs


A grand total of 163 + 1239 = 1,402 " tainted " legislators  !


Now , let us further assume that , only 30 % of this 30 % , are facing " Serious " criminal charges , where , if convicted , they will get a prison term of 5 years or more

{  Supreme Court had requested the incoming government in 2014, to set up special court to dispose off, all these cases within ONE YEAR ! }


That is 1402 * 30 % = 420  ( believe me , a sheer coincidence ! )


Once convicted , they will be disqualified as MP / MLA , creating that many vacancies  

All of this ( simplistic ) arithmetic translates into following election scenario :


QUALIFYING  ELECTIONS  ( ONCE IN  5  YEARS )


*   545 MPs

*   4131 MLAs



REPLACEMENT  ELECTIONS  ( THROUGHOUT  5  YEARS )


*  48  MPs  ( Serious Crimes - 30% of 163 )

*  372 MLAs ( Serious Crimes - 30 % of 1239 )



We will get to exercise our birth-right ( to Vote ) , EVERYDAY  ! Long live VOTE-CRACY !


Under such a scenario, the Central Government dare not present any benefits for the poor , in ANY YEAR's Budget, for fear of violating Model Code of Conduct !




[  E  ]

Now one more example of whatever is " MODEL ", in the CONDUCT of our Political Parties

( apart from anonymous CASH donations and failing to submit statement of income and expenditure to Election Commission )  :

*  Despite CIC ( Central Information Commission ) holding that

    *   Political parties fulfill the criteria of being " PUBLIC AUTHORITIES ", and

    *  Answerable to the public under the RTI ( Right to Information Act ) ,

    *  Must designate CPIOs / Appellate Authorities at their headquarters in six weeks,


In Sept 2015 ,

The NDA government has filed an affidavit before the Supreme Court (SC) backing immunity for political parties from making disclosures under the RTI Act.

With the government in solidarity with political parties resisting RTI at the cost of losing the trust of people, it may find it difficult to defend its stand in court but also to justify it.



Not to be left behind , in June 2016 , Congress told CIC ,

" To set aside its 2013 full bench order, saying it is neither a court nor a competent authority to exercise plenary jurisdiction and the order is “arbitrary and illegal.”


[  F  ]


Election Commission has asked NDA government to state its position , before 10th Feb , on the objections raised by the Opposition Parties

I presume , Shri Arun Jaiteleyji  will reply as follows :


Dear Sir :


I promise that in my Budget Speech on 01 Feb 2017 , all of my proposals / schemes , will be in respect of ONLY the following promises , which we made some 3 years ago in our 2014 Poll Manifesto , and these will cover ALL citizens.

THERE WILL BE NO SOPS , OUTSIDE OF THESE :

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Elimination of  Black Money   
   
Special Courts to stop Hoarding / Black-Marketing

Set-up a Price-Stabilization Fund


Develop Labour-intensive Manufacturing   


Empowering Youth for Self-Employment   


Transforming Employment Exchanges to Career Centers


Eliminating Corruption thru E-Governance   


Rationalization / Simplification of Tax-Regime  


Insulate Intelligence Agencies from political intervention   


Strengthening Physical Infrastructure  


Expediting work on Freight and Industrial Corridors


Setting up Gas-Grids  


Optical Fiber Network up to the village level

   
*  Quadrilateral project for Bullet Trains       


*  Establishment of National  " E - Library "     


*  Implementation of National Education Policy


*  Evolving further the PPP model to PPPP model  


*  Building 100 Mega-Cities  

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In yesterday's BJP convention , Shri Modi asked party members , not to get distracted by opposition criticism, not recommend relatives for election tickets and work for the POOR


We will know by afternoon of  01 Feb 2017


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08  Jan  2017


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