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AAP’s Big Win In Delhi

In the recently held elections in Delhi, all the big guns of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) with a hyper-nationalist pitch with focus on politics of religion, hatred and communal divisiveness while calling AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal an anti-national/ terrorist and mocking him for reciting the ‘Hanuman Chalisa’. The BJP misused official channels and media during the campaigning. Even after being trounced by the AAP, 62 versus 8, instead of learning lessons and welcoming feedback from the people, the Sang Parivar, it seems, will continue with its rigid stance. Our Chief Minister has reportedly said that AAP’s victory in Delhi was due to freebies and that the people there voted for that party despite lack of improvement in air quality, dirty water supply and weak healthcare facilities. It is the duty of the government to ensure that the people are provided with the basic necessities of electricity, water, transport at minimum rates by controlling its own expenses and not wastefully spending on statues, high-end cars, helicopters, foreign jaunts, ‘samadhis’ for politicians, marketing gimmicks etc. Moreover, it is also the duty of the government to plan good roads, provide affordable modern temples of education, mohalla clinics and so on.

JOHN ERIC GOMES, PORVORIM

AAP’s Historic Victory In Delhi

It’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi again after winning the recently held elections with 62 seats and leaving BJP, the national party, behind with eight seats. It is time for all the parties to learn from Arvind Kejriwal and his team as to how an election can be won purely on developmental works and welfare of the society. Small changes in Delhi have made a big difference in people’s mandate, not forgetting the pollution problem in the areas around the national capital. Introducing the odd-even scheme for the plying of vehicles was something that was ‘out of the box’ thinking by the Chief Minister Kejriwal in an attempt to control air pollution. The recent introduction of free transport for women in the territory was also a welcome move. Providing benefits to the ‘aam aadmi’ has paid off and the move will prove to be advantageous for AAP in the long run. Though AAP has Elvis Gomes, a well-known personality, and his team in Goa, they have not been effective here so far. However, the situation may not remain the same now. The huge victory for the party in the national capital will definitely boost the local Goans and give them an option to think of during future elections. Congress not opening its account and BJP with single digit seats in Delhi has proven the people’s choice. Kudos to Kejriwal and his team for the victory and his third innings in Delhi.

RAJU RAMAMURTHY, VASCO

Demand For Repeal Of CAA

The ‘People’s Forum for Justice, Secularism and Democracy,’ which currently includes Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), National Confederation of Human Rights Organisation – Goa unit (NCHRO) and Concerned Citizens for Goa (CCG), is shocked to read that the Goa government has passed a resolution of congratulations to the central government for bringing the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Moreover, the state government seems to have completely ignored the voice and aspirations of the people who have rejected CAA-NRC-NPR in its totality, as they are measures, which violate the Constitution of India. While several state assemblies have approved resolutions rejecting CAA and other state governments have vowed not to implement these anti-people measures, the Goa government has gone against the will of the people and, thus, damaged the integrity of people’s wishes and hopes. We condemn this move in unequivocal terms. At several public meetings, community-based meetings and corner meetings attended by people in many thousands, the people of Goa have rejected CAA-NRC-NPR in no uncertain terms. To disregard what the people aspire to is to disregard democracy. At a recent public rally, we, the people, rejected what the BJP government at the Centre had passed in Parliament. The CAA is violative of the Constitution while NRC and NPR are discriminatory. The CAA and the government’s intention to implement a National Register of Citizens (NRC) are literally shaking the foundation of India’s existence as a pluralistic, multi-faith society where all citizens are supposed to be equal before the law. In the long term, the three, in combination, would affect minorities, especially Muslims and Christians, but also Dalits, tribals, OBCs, and the economically marginalised. We demanded its withdrawal and the Goa government, instead, endorsed it. Our demand stands firm even today. We had demanded that the Goa state assembly approves a resolution demanding that the central government immediately and unconditionally revoke the CAA and all activities related to NPR and NRC.

RANJAN SOLOMON, PANAJI

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