Money power threatens to ruin pol-system: Sharad Yadav

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 19:17

New Delhi: Citing instance of former
Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda, who is facing allegations
of corruption, and claiming that moneyed politicians tried to
unsettle a democratically elected state government in
Karnataka, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday said politics seemed
to have become a business proposition.

"Corruption is at an all time high. After seeing what all
has happened in the Madhu Koda case and the way in which money
power held the political system of Karnataka to ransom, it
seems as if politics has become a business proposition. I call
upon all parties to counter the threat of money power and
corruption which are threatening to ruin the political
system," Yadav told reporters here.

Attacking power brokers, the JD(U) chief claimed that
even in Andhra Pradesh, money power tried to install a novice
as Chief Minister, referring to Jagan Mohan Reddy`s efforts to
claim the top seat after the sudden death of his father Y S
Rajasekhara Reddy.

He added that Naxalism was on the rise in the country as
tribals inhabiting the jungles had not been given their due
over a period of time.

"This is the root cause of the Naxal problem. But the
government under pressure of big money has launched an
operation to liberate the tribal lands from Naxals without
paying heed to people living there. I call on the Centre to
revise its strategy of combating the Naxals. Naxalism is a
socio-economic problem and it should be fought politically,"
Yadav said.

Opposing the UPA government`s Ordinance on introducing
uniform price for sugarcane in the country, Yadav said, "This
Ordinance is anti-national and will ruin the sugarcane
farmers. Several parties have decided to oppose this Ordinance
in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. JD(U), too,
opposes this Ordinance."

He also slammed the UPA government for "its helplessness
in tackling the ever rising inflation in the country". Market
forces and hoarders are ruling the roost and the government
has been fully exposed for not being able to control
inflation, Yadav said.

‘De-recognise MNS, arrest MLAs’

JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav on Tuesday
called for de-recognition of MNS and sought punishment of its
MLAs in connection with the slapping of Samajwadi Party leader
Abu Azmi in the Maharashtra assembly yesterday during the
swearing in ceremony.

"All the parties are unanimous that MNS should be
de-recognised and its MLAs should be given punishment under
the strictest Constitutional provisions," Yadav told reporters
here.

Azmi was attacked by MNS MLAs in the assembly when he
was taking oath in Hindi, as against MNS chief Raj Thackeray`s
diktat to all Maharashtra MLAs to take oath in Marathi.

Yadav had yesterday criticise the Congress-NCP
government for its failure to stop the incident. "This is
anti-national and a constitutional breakdown. This is an
insult to the national language and all the parties should
oppose this incident," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 19:17
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