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BJP: Subsidies are BAD, AAP is misguided

Over the past few days, there have been tens of articles and thousands of comments  about how AAPs decision to provide free water and 50% cheaper electricity are misguided and do not make economic sense.

The merits and demerits sure can be debated, and that is beauty of AAP that people are debating it. Never in my life have I seen people debating so fervently whether free water makes sense?

But one line of thought that really really confuses me is when BJP supporters use this and claim that AAP is more left than the left itself and BJP is a better choice, apparently because it is against subsidy.

So I decided to look around to see BJP’s policies

So here we go, a list of things from BJP manifestos

Delhi

  • Reduce price of electricity by 30%(By Competition, CAG and RTI– No Idea how 30% figure was reached but they promised to reduce by 30%)
  • Reign in price of onions and tomatoes in 30 days(No hint on how)
  •  Free essential medicines to all Delhi residents for life

 

Karnataka

  • Twenty five kg of rice at Rs one for all poor families( frequency etc not specified)
  • Free Laptop to all university students(may require 4000 crores BTW)
  • Free wifi and internet to all  schools and colleges

MP

  • Free smartphones to all students(college)
  • Free/subsidized bus passes for students
  • Government to pay rent of students staying in private hostels
  • Debt waiver for farmers
  • 50 percent subsidy on water pumps for small and medium farmers
  • Life insurance and rice at Re. 1 per kilo for those below the poverty line

Chattisgarh

  •  Interest-free loans for peasants
  • Rice at one rupee a kilogramme will be provided to 42 lakh poor families
  • Free power supply (for 5 hp pumps)
  •  Free laptops and tablets to students in the first year of their college(Engineering and Medical)
  •  Free Tablets to the science and arts stream students

And these are just 4 states , and these sops and populist measures(as AAP is being accused of) are being doled out in each and every state.

Are subsidies bad? The opinion is divided on it, I for one believe that some subsidies are necessary , yes giving cheaper food to poor is one of the things that I personally support.

BJP and congress have delved into this subsidy business for a loooong time, they are neither averse and neither new to this. But like their performance, their manifestos are also dubious, without accountability .

When other parties make such claims ,most people(Our internet savvy junta) just ignore it and assume that nothing is really going to happen ,or , “sale khaa jayenge sab” (They will eat away all the money) . The problem with AAP is that it is delivering and that too too fast for many people to digest.

End note: A few BJP supporters commented that AAP is against FDI in retail , hence they are commi and hence vote for Namo, BTW BJP is also against FDI in retail, at least on paper.

You may debate the economic merits and need of measures taken by AAP, but please do read the manifestos of your own party before making comparisons.

BJP Trolls: You may now start abusing

 

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Biased Journalism in India: Times of India

Journalism has always been a muddy place. Many news agencies and TV channels have their leanings based on political backing and ownership . It’s no secret that many people believe(including me) that media can be influenced easily by the powerful to not only under report but to simply ignore the popular issue based on what suits the power lords.

But there are very few moments when the journalism on an issue, as overwhelming as the emergence of a new powerful political force which could change the way elections happen in this country  ,is so shoddy and so damn one-sided by almost all news agencies  that you simply lose faith in all forms of organized media.

This is my attempt to look at how Various news agencies(Online news portals) reacted and reported about when #AAP (Aam aadmi party) Sting tapes were first released and the further coverage after AAP got hold of the RAW tapes and exposed the blatant lies.

This blog talks about Times of India: India’s biggest and sadly the most visited news website

When the edited sting tapes were first released

Sting operation against AAP leaders, Kejriwal cries conspiracy; Shazia Ilmi offers not to contest poll

Points to note:

  1. A detail of what exactly was shown in the tapes
  2. A reference that Anna Hazare condemned them for taking all this money which was collected at Hazare’s agitation for election purpose (without mentioning that Anna merely asked for clarification and did not condemn him and also stated that he believed it was false but) wanted to confirm

Placement: I do not have screenshots but I remember seeing a lot of news like this on TOIs Front page , displayed prominently

Stung Aam Aadmi Party says it will sue portal

  1. Again a reiteration of what exactly was shown in the taped
  2. Statements from media sarkar and AAP
  3. Defence of AAP(Good thing)

When AAP got hold of RAW footage and showed what all was edited, what all was added and perhaps proved that it was all doctored to malign them

Point to be noted: Absolutely NO Mention anywhere on Home page of TOI


Money given to media houses to defame us, Kejriwal says

Points to be noted:

  1. Headlined does not mention anything about Media Sarkar’s manipulation of tapes
  2. No mention of how the tapes were manipulated
  3. No mention that Anna announced that he will support AAP candidates and that Arvind is clean
  4. Mentioning that AAP gave clean chit to all it’s candidates and no mention of why, even though enough details were furnished by AAP
  5. Home page mention(cannot see now) of Nutan Thakur resigning from AAP without seeking clarification from AAP on what post she holds(NONE). You can register 100 ppl in AAP by paying 10 rs each and resign next day to make news

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Maybe I have a bias, would love to be proved wrong…

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