ASSEMBLY IN UNABATED IMPASSE OVER CHIEF MINISTER’S BLACK MONEY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The Orissa Assembly is in continuous impasse over the Chief Minister’s black money.

Two of the cabinet colleagues of Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, Samir De and Golak Bihari Nayak publicly raised the allegation against him. Reluctant to stay a Minister De has resigned and his resignation has been accepted even as Nayak continues in the cabinet.

When the Assembly began its 16th session just when the allegation was rocking the State, the Opposition wanted the CM to react. He shied away. That has given birth to the impasse that continues to the total embarrassment of the Government.

Different members of the cabinet are so disturbed over the black money matter that a senior colleague of the CM has instigated the Opposition to enforce a debate in the Assembly over the issue through a no confidence motion. The Opposition has revealed his name. He is Surendranath Nayak, who was even a cabinet colleague of the CM’s father Biju Patnaik. The Speaker has added fuel to the stalemate by refusing to admit the motion on ground of paucity of time, which is being seen by the Opposition as ploy to protect the CM. There is no problem in extending the life of the session to discuss this issue which is not only an issue of accumulation of black money by the CM but also of use of black money by the CM to bribe the voters of Cuttack and Baripada urban bodies during the just concluded Municipal elections.

This is a very serious situation. The CM is clearly shying at discussion on the issue. He is so demoralized that he has not dared to use his prerogatives to drop Golak Nayak, the other minister to have raised the allegation of black money against him from his cabinet.

Unless doubts are cleared the CM would continue to be looked at askance as a man that has committed offence against democracy.

In view of this, the Speaker should review his ruling and admit the no-confidence notice given by the Opposition.

The motion will fail, because the CM has a coalition, the partners of which know that unless they stand with him, they are of such stuff that none of them will return to the Assembly again. So, the no-confidence motion will fail. Even Golak Nayak, who has raised the allegation of black money against the CM will certainly vote against the no-confidence motion.

Why the CM is not accepting the challenge? He certainly does not want a discussion on his black money on records of the House. What next?

SECOND DAY LOST TO OLA UNDER BLAST OF BLACK MONEY

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Orissa Legislative Assembly lost its second day this session under blast of black money as the Congress members blocked the proceedings demanding procedural statement from Samir De who, when a minister, had alleged that victory of BJD in Cuttack Municipal Corporation election was not a political victory of Chief Minister Navin Patnaik, but was a victory of his black money.

Another minister belonging to BJP branch of the ruling coalition like De, Golak Bihari Nayak has also raised the same allegation of black money use by the CM in influencing voters for BJD.

Though De has resigned, Nayak has not.

These two ministers, who were actively associated with electioneering in Cuttack City and Baripada Town respectively having raised this allegation against their own Chief Minister, the Opposition, specifically the Congress, finds no need of further corroboration of corruption charges against Navin.

The CM could have done better by making an honest statement. But he seems too demoralized to come up with one.

The way he involved himself with electioneering for his party candidates for the Municipal wards was blatantly unprecedented. No Chief Minister of Orissa had at any point of time personally joined campaigns for Municipal Councils. Navin’s campaign was more than aggressive. This very unusual conduct of the CM might have been propelled by his eagerness to overcome latent fear of defeat as internal fear alone gives birth to external aggressiveness.

His entire tenure as chief minister has gone barren. Born a lingua-non-Oriya he has insulted the peoples’ mother tongue by obliterating the primacy of Oriya as the official language of Orissa and by rendering Orissa’s Official Language Act inoperative. He has squandered away the land, minerals and natural resources of Orissa in favor of non-Oriya and non-Indian capitalists. He had encouraged internecine enmity amongst the sons of Oriya soil over the issue of handing over Orissa’s natural assets to non-Oriyas. The most peaceful and pleasant land Orissa has been transformed to a place of violence and anarchy where mothers are compelled to distress sell babies, farmers are compelled to distress sell paddies, girls are compelled to distress sell bodies and intellectuals are compelled to distress sell their intelligence. During his rule, every icon of Orissa’s pride, its biospheres, its mountains, its rivers, its forests, its natural storehouses of precious minerals are being sold away to non-Oriyas.

His Goebbels are busy in projecting him as creator of everything good that is happening in Orissa. But peoples know where their shoes pinch.

Navin also knows that a time will come when his Goebbels will fail. This is why he wants to win elections at any cost. This is why he himself dragged down the position of the Chief Minister to electioneering in Municipal wards. No wonder peoples believe in De and Nayak as they raise allegation of black money use by the CM to net in votes.

The matter should be thoroughly investigated into in interest of democracy.

In view of this, there is nothing unusual in Opposition demands for statutory statements over the black money use in Municipal elections by the Chief Minister. And there is no illegality in Opposition intention to move a no-confidence motion against the CM.

The Speaker’s refusal to entertain the motion of no-confidence today under the plea of paucity of time may be not incorrect on part of the Speaker; but that the second day of the session is lost to the Assembly over the blast of black money is enough to keep the face of democracy blackened for ever.

CONGRESS REPLACED JAYADEV WITH KP, ORISSA THRASHED IT TO DUST

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

The lady autocrat of Congress, Smt. Sonia Gandhi ousted Jayadev Jena from Presidentship of Orissa Pradesh Congress and gifted away the post to K.P.Singhdeo. Peoples of Orissa, specifically of the tribal dominated town of Baripada, have thrashed it down to dust in the urban elections immediately after the change.

The present Congress party, born out of Indira Congress, was once believed to be the Indian National Congress because of its support base in the grassroots.

At that time its emphasis was on upliftment of the peoples belonging to the Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

Smt. Indira Gandhi had tried to champion their cause. Administration had been made to draw up schemes prioritizing their upliftment.

Since her days, therefore, in different parts of India, specifically in Orissa, Congress had its strongest support base amongst the peoples belonging to these segments, who constitute the traditionally exploited class of India.

Jayadev Jena, a SC member of Orissa Assembly, belongs by birth to this traditionally exploited class whereas K.P.Singhdeo belongs to the traditionally exploiter class.

There were around 600 kings in India who constituted this traditionally exploiter class.

Aroused by new political awakening during the freedom movement, the traditionally exploited peoples had revolted against the kings so resolutely that to escape public wrath they had surrendered their kingship and had merged the areas under their hereditary grip with the independent Union of India.

But due to misconceived magnanimity of the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, specifically when propertied class and pro-rich elites had dominated his cabinet, these kings were granted privileges and privy purses even though that annulled the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs and the freedom fighters of the princely states.

Smt. Indira Gandhi had tried to amend this mistake and as she was trying to ingratiate herself to the exploited class to reach a bigger vote bank, she had obliterated the said privileges and privy purses given to those ex-kings.

Because of that specific action of Indira against the ex-kings, Congress, which was named after her, became popular amongst the SC and ST peoples and most of them adopted it as their own party and on the basis of their support that made Indira the leader of majority of Congress members, Indira Congress eventually bagged recognition as Indian National Congress.

So the present Congress owes its existence to Indira’s action against the ex-kings who constituted the traditionally exploiter class.

K.P.Singhdeo belongs to this class. He is the son of S.P.Singhdeo, ex-king of Dhenkanal, the land of exploitation that had given birth to the youngest martyr of India, Baji Raut (in these pages is posted on 6 October 2005 an elaborate discussion on him), who had sacrificed his life for freedom from the king and for end of exploitation.

Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Italian citizen by birth, whose acceptability in Indian politics comes only from her in-law relationship with Indira, has planted this K.P.Singhdeo as the President of Orissa Pradesh Congress after ousting Jayadev Jena from the post.

This raw shift of preference was so pregnant with contempt for the exploited class that Jena was not even offered due thanks for all the troubles he had taken up for keeping the discredited party alive in Orissa all these days.

Before the Municipal polls, after taking over the office, Singhdeo had been to Baripada in company of his co-President in the unconstitutional “Presidium” of Orissa Congress, L.B.Mohapatra and the “appointed” campaigner-in-Chief, Srikant Jena to campaign for Congress in the Municipal elections. To his personal satisfaction but to the embarrassment of the local citizens, he was introduced as the king of Dhenkanal.

Now voters of Baripada have given the reply. They have not wiped out the Congress. They have granted it life in only one ward out of 28, so that for the entire term the “aristocratic” party shall continue to test the ignominy of defeat.

The voters of Cuttack have also rejected the Congress. If anything it is a revengeful exercise of enfranchisement, because BJP that was holding the Mayor post, has been rejected except in two wards out of 54.

And, in this surge of revenge, the peoples of Cuttack city where Baji Raut and the entire group of his compatriots who were brutally killed by the armed forces of the king of Dhenkanal were consecrated to fire, have rejected the Congress, now as it is headed by the son of the same king.

This is so well defined that they have not hesitated to vote for BJD in order only to defeat the Congress.

The party of American lobbyists, having a man of the traditionally exploiter class as its mascot, has started the journey to doom from the soil of Orissa.

URBAN VOTERS SUPPORT BJD TO DEFEAT CONGRESS

Voters of Baripada Municipality (BM) and Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) have supported the BJD to defeat the Congress.

Out of 28 BM wards, 14 have gone to BJD, 7 to BJP, 6 to other candidates but the Congress, the party of American lobbyists, now posing as “aristocrat” with K.P.Singhdeo as its State unit head, has been left to live in only one ward.

In CMC, BJD has bagged 37 out of 54, BJD 2, others 7 where as the Congress has got only 8 berths.

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