The decision of the Election Commission to order election in Himachal Pradesh alone, even when the Gujarat election is also due, has surprised many. When two or more states are due for elections, these are being done at the same time. The doubt naturally arises why such a different position has been taken in the case of Gujarat. Election Commission should clear the doubt.
CHQ is saddened to report the unexpected demise of Com.M.K.Parmar, District Secretary, Bharuch, Gujarat. He was unwell for a brief period and the end came on 25-05-2017.
Com.M.K.Parmar was a committed comrade and was in touch with the CHQ,even before the formation of Gujarat Circle Branch. He had organised a pensioners organisation of BSNL retirees at Bharuch and had no hesitation to merge it with AIBDPA.
We pay our respectful homage to Com.M.K.Parmar and convey heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and comrades. (courtesy: AIBDPA Website)
New Delhi, August 27: The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Gujarat Violence
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) condemns the violence which has engulfed various parts of Gujarat resulting in arson and deaths of nine people. The manner in which the police and the administration handled the aftermath of the August 25 rally organized by the Pattidar organizations contributed to the eruption of violence. The CPI(M) calls for the immediate restoration of peace and normalcy.
The wide-spread agitation for reservation for Pattidars is a clear indication of the failure of the so-called Gujarat model of development. It has led to lack of employment opportunities, agrarian crisis and low social development indicators. Unless there is balanced development with equity, large sections of the people will remain outside the ambit of social and economic development.
The demand for reservation should not be used to pit one community against another. Those who are entitled to reservation should not be targeted for the failure of the government to render jobs and equitable development.
According to a report filed by the analytical firm Crisil, Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat are the India’s most equitable and prosperous states. The equality index is measured in the differences in the living standard between the capital city and the rest of the state. Kerala is number one in this case.
Prosperity is measured on the average standard of living on the basis of the proportion of households owing four durable assets viz.television, computer, phone and automobile. In this case, Punjab is treated as the most prosperous state. This growth in Punjab is considered due to the improved and increased agricultural growth. In Kerala, it is due to the remittances from Keralites working outside India.
Maharashtra has the highest level of real income per person in the whole of the country, but is far behind in terms of equality. Haryana, Karnataka and T.Nadu are above Gujarat in prosperity index, but could not compete in the equality index.