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GST – Implementation from July 1, 2017 – How to tackle the reality of situation with the dealers with limited facilities?

June 11, 2017

GST – Implementation from July 1, 2017 – How to tackle the reality of situation with the dealers with limited facilities?

GST - Ideal, but what is implemented

The Government may have to be soft with the dealers, as they are bound to commit mistakes and violate provisions of GST Act and Rules[1]: In the implementation of GST covering crores of dealers of various transactions, many assumptions and presumptions have been made, as if, all would be sitting at computers and handling with their commercial dealings only on-line always. The Government has not perhaps, realized the digital gap existing between the big and small taxpayers under the GST regime.

  1. The powerful federal indirect tax body, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council, would instruct field officers at the central and state levels to be lenient with traders for procedural lapses in the first year of implementation of the new indirect tax regime from 1 July, 2017[2].
  2. There is a confusion about the jurisdiction of the dealers and as well as the law-implementing officers. This confusion prevails between the Central and the State and also amomh themselves internally.
  3. In the first year they have to handhold them rather than penalize them for procedural infractions. Everyone in the council is sensitive about it. Major offences such as clearing of goods without invoices, however, is a different matter.
  4. The decision comes in the wake of apprehensions of the trade and business community about an anti-profiteering provision in the GST law intended to be a deterrent against not passing on the benefits of any reduced indirect tax liability to the ultimate consumer.
  5. The Confederation of All India Traders, a traders’ body with 60 million members, said in a representation to PM on 8 June, 2017 that a period of nine months beginning 1 July should be declared a transition period [up to 31-03-2018] during which traders will be given immunity from prosecution for procedural lapses.
  6. While businesses and large traders will be prepared for the GST roll-out with their IT systems, small traders, especially those in villages and remote areas, may take time to become part of the GST network on account of lack of awareness and infrastructure constraints.
  7. As everyone imagines, the internet connection and related issues are going to create many practical probles, coupled with frequent power cuts at rural and village areas.
  8. Another official in the government, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the last point of sale—trader to consumer—in villages has always been the weakest link in the state-level value-added tax system.
  9. Important issues – addressing concerns relating to tax rates brought up by the industry and finalizing how the anti-profiteering mechanism, “advance ruling” and search and arrests, etc. Advance ruling is a facility available for taxpayers to get an idea of what the tax liability on certain transactions will be in advance.

GST - SSI has to file 37 instead of 13 returns

SSI has to file 37 returns instead of 13; if they have units in more than one state, the returns increase accordingly[3]: A small­scale manufacturing company with operations in only one state will have to file a minimum of 37 returns instead of the current 13 once the goods and services tax (GST) goes live from July 1, 2017 increasing work for industry, accountants and banks, according to an IndiaSpend analysis. With the deadline for the GST less than a month away, finance professionals, banks and industry seem unprepared for the challenges of implementing the one nation­one tax idea, work towards which began 13 years ago. “The entire ecosystem needs to be changed to accept GST,” K. Raghu, former president, Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, told IndiaSpend. “An ideal date for implementation would be September 1.” The Indian Banks Association has informed a parliamentary panel that their members were unprepared to implement the new indirect tax regime. “Everything will now be online and will need to be updated regularly. A business will have to file 37 returns in a year (three returns per month and one annual return) per state,” the Economic Times reported on June 5, 2017.

GSTN - portal in demand

Business in three states means, he has to file 3 x 37 = 111 returns per annum[4]: “If it does business from offices in more than one state, the number of returns will go up accordingly. A business with offices in three states will have to file 111 tax returns in a year.” With the government announcing GST for four tax rates ­­ 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent ­­ industry will face implementation challenges that include system upgrades, manpower training and understanding new taxes. Every transaction ­­ sale or purchase ­­ will now have to be recorded online to benefit from the tax paid earlier India is implementing a dual GST with the Centre and states together levying it on a common tax base. “The GST to be levied by the centre on intra­state supply of goods and/or services would be called the Central GST (CGST) and that to be levied by the states would be called the State GST (SGST),” according to the FAQs published by the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), the central body of indirect taxes. “Similarly, Integrated GST (IGST) will be levied and administered by centre on every inter­state supply of goods and services.” A dual GST adheres to the constitutional requirement of fiscal federalism, since both the Centre and states have the powers to levy and collect taxes. “The central GST and the state GST would be levied simultaneously on every transaction of supply of goods and services except the exempted goods and services, goods which are outside the purview of GST and the transactions which are below the prescribed threshold limits,” the CBEC FAQ noted.

GST opposed or supported

Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal – have not passed GST[5]: While 24 states have passed state GST acts, seven have not ­ as yet. They are: Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal. While the location of the supplier and the customer within the country is immaterial for the purpose of CGST, SGST would be charged only when the supplier and the customer are within the state. An illustration from the FAQ published by the government: Suppose the CGST rate is 10 per cent and the SGST is 10 per cent. When a wholesale steel dealer in Uttar Pradesh supplies bars and rods to a construction company within the state for, say, Rs 100, the dealer would charge CGST of Rs 10 and SGST of Rs 10, in addition to the basic price of the goods. The wholesaler would be required to deposit the CGST into a central government account and the SGST into the account of the state government. “Of course, he need not actually pay Rs 20 (Rs 10 + Rs 10) in cash, as he would be entitled to set­off this liability against CGST or SGST paid on his purchases (say, inputs),” said the FAQ This is where implementation challenges arise, as former ICWAI president Raghu explained. Every invoice from buyers and sellers must be entered in the GST system correctly to ensure that benefits accrue down the chain. “We have a system today across a majority of small units where an accountant comes (in) once a month, makes vouchers and inputs details for taxes,” said Raghu. “That will have to end now because we are moving to an online, almost real­time system that will need a lot of manpower.” The finance industry is ready by training its professionals, said Raghu, who predicted many job opportunities over the next 5­6 years. But, as he added, it would take at least 12 to 18 months for the system to “settle down”. “I do see a lot of CAs and other finance professionals being trained for indirect taxes in the coming years,” he said.

GST - Ideal, but what is implemented-NDA-UPA

Industry and Banks are not ready for GST implementation[6]: India’s industry and its banking system will have to change systems, train personnel and accept the extra workload for the new taxation system. The banking system has clearly said it is not yet ready. Industry is ambivalent. “Nearly 50 per cent of Indian businesses are not aware of the changes that GST will usher in,” Bharat Goenka, Managing Director, Tally Solutions, was quoted as saying in the Economic Times on June 5. Tally accounting software is widely used by Indian companies. The company is waiting for the GST rules to be finalised, so that it can roll out its GST software for Indian companies. A senior official of Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), requesting anonymity because the launch date was close, said GST was “now a fact”, and industry was trying to adapt. FICCI has been conducting awareness sessions among industry verticals to help understand the new structure, he added The industrial sector, especially the services sector, is waiting for more clarity on tax rates, processes and the time frame for the systems to settle down. “What we still don’t know is which tax slab we fall in,” a marine service provider operating in Goa told IndiaSpend, on condition of anonymity. “While it is good that the taxation system will be streamlined and we will not have to deal with multiple tax payments like excise, service tax and value added tax, we still don’t know how much time it will take for everybody to be on board.” (In arrangement with IndiaSpend.org, a data­driven, non­profit, public interest journalism platform. The views expressed are those of IndiaSpend. Feedback at respond@indiaspend.org).

© Vedaprakash

11-06-2017

GST ready for launch - 03_08_2016_001_060

[1] Livemint.com, Govt may be lenient with traders on procedural lapses in GST’s first year, Last Modified: Sat, Jun 10 2017. 12 51 AM IST.

[2] http://www.livemint.com/Politics/PMFLgTOxEezhEPIt9FEqgL/Govt-may-be-lenient-with-traders-on-procedural-lapses-in-GST.html

[3] http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/businessman-or-professional-you-may-need-to-fill-37-forms-to-be-gst-compliant/story-DI8IOTQi5qS0c20PkDoTNO.html

[4] http://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/business/business-news/37-returns-instead-of-13-one-of-the-many-challenges-threatening-gst-rollout/articleshow/59085127.cms

[5] http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/37-returns-instead-of-13-one-of-the-many-challenges-threatening-gst-rollout/articleshow/59082648.cms

[6] Economics Times, 37 returns instead of 13: One of the many challenges threatening GST rollout, BY IANS | JUN 10, 2017, 02.33 PM IST.

 

Preventing Modi to become PM, opposing BJP and breaking NDA

April 9, 2014

Preventing Modi to become PM, opposing BJP and breaking NDA

 

Vedaprakash

 

The anti-Modi rhetoric of old partners of NDA: All most all non-BJP parties except the new allies have started their chorus of “Preventing Modi to become PM, opposing BJP and breaking NDA” one way or the other. The moment Narendra Modi was announced as the PM candidate for BJP, the first party to break from the NDA alliance was JD(S) with the rising rhetoric pitch of Nitish Kumar against Modi. Ironically, he was with the NDA for 17 years and appreciated Modi also. He was suggesting that he might accept L. K. Advani as the PM candidate but not Modi, as he would not be accepted by the secular partners. But, the BJP proceeded with the candidature of Modi, in spite of the fact that even Advani did not like it earlier, but had to accept.

 

Modi – polarizing or taking NDA to win: Then suggestions started circulating that Modi would dominate the scene till NDA gets majority and then Advani would be made PM so that NDA would get maximum majority. Such idea was nurtured in the TV debates usually carried on with the selected ideologues. Even Chandangupta was seen accepting such proportion in such forced debates. That is Modi would be exploited for attracting new voters, youth and polarize, thereby, some Muslim votes also, but if enough seats are won, then Advani would be declared as PM, so that through after poll alliance, more parties could be brought into NDA.

 

Mission 272+ and the reality: Some media carried on Narendra Modi’s ‘Mission 272+’ as follows[1]:

 

  1. As Modi is likely to focus on Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh, which account for 210 Lok Sabha seats and if BJP could win more seats that what they had won a paltry 31 seats out of 210 in 2009, then, they ould in a better position. Thus, BJP has to perform hard and opinion polls predict that the BJP is likely to grab at least 100 seats from these areas.

 

  1. Of course, Modi could do well in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Delhi and Karnataka, which account for 138 members to the Lok Sabha. Here, as BJP is directly pitted against the Congress in most of the seats it could have an edge over Congress.

 

  1. Modi has already joined the ranks of Jyoti Basu, Mohanlal Sukhadia, Sheila Dikshit and Naveen Patnaik in leading his party to victory in a state three times in a row.  In 2014, the combined force of AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa and BJD chief Naveen Patnaik may influence Modi’s fortunes a lot. It is now for the smaller parties to decide which way to go, and to settle their priorities, local or national. Tamil Nadu, Odhisha, Punjab, Haryana, Assam and the North-East account for 118 LS seats. Modi already has a rapport with J Jayalalithaa and Purno Sangma, while a large section of BJD is also reportedly keen to join the NDA.

 

  1. Many opinion polls have already predicted a positive swing for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and the elevation of master strategist Amit Shah has become an icing on the cake. There is one school of thought that argues that the party is waiting for an opportune time to flag Modi’s caste antecedent but it is caught in its usual dilemma of whether a casteist projection would conflict with his popular image as a development and good governance votary.

 

  1. Modi cautioned that unless the BJP fine-tuned its booth management, it could end up with more misses than hits. The campaign panel chief wants that the Delhi brass step out of their confines, visit each state, sit with the leaders and office-bearers, hold detailed discussions and then come up with a state-specific draft. It is now-or-never scenario for the BJP.

 

The BJP political masters started their campaign with confidence, of course, with strategy. They moved their coins attracting partners step by step, as they knew very well about the counter-attack of their opponents. Particularly, the AAP posed a spoiler and evidently aiding and abetting the corrupt congress. Unlike other parties BJP has to fight the battle within and outside also due to changes envisaged. Thus, the regional mathematics was learned ahead before declaring anything openly. Through mediators, BJP approached small but strong regional players in mobilizing numbers[2].

 

BJP is gaining in south India again: Contrary to the political predictions and secular-communal debates etc., more regional parties have been attracted to either Modi or BJP. Definitely, in Tamilnadu it scored a victory by roping up alliance with DMDK, MDMK, PMK andIJK[3]. In AP, TDP and others are ready to join NDA and because of the Telengana tangle, they have been calculative about the seats and the sentiments of Telugu people. Even, in Kerala, it is reported that the percentage of BJP is increasing and in Trivandrum, it could create some wonders. Thus, suddenly media starts realizing that Modi is helping NDA to win alliance from south[4] to north! When Dravidian parties other than DMK and AIADMK are accepting Modi, why not others is the mute question.

 

The Comedy play of AAP: After the resignation of AAP on Feb.14, 2014, the political scenario was clear with the major parties facing battle straight. However, the regional parties posed threat both to UPA and NDA and now with the intrusion of AAP in the north. Though AAP posed as anti-corruption crusader, its short-lived 49 days rule exposed the AAP-Cong tactful alliance. AAP adopted hot and cool policy with Congress, but very aggressive towards BJP, thus, creating a picture that it is supporting Congress indirectly. After losing power, it starts attacking BJP more and almost forgetting the list of multi-crore scams. Aravind Kejariwal was just creating nuisance to BJP by going to Gujarat and contesting from Varanasi.

 

The media game-plan of Instigating Muslims against Muslims: The media experts went on approaching Muslim leaders of all parties getting their expressed opinion that they would accept Modi as the PM candidate, as he was responsible for the 2002 riots. This point is harped upon again and again by the TV-channel pundits to corner the BJP spokesman. It is even suggested that if Modi apologize for 2002 riots, Muslims might turn towards him. Rajnath was reportedly apologized for that and it was expected that Modi would follow the suit. But immediately, the Maualanas were interviewed and opinion was created that even if Mody apologize, they would not vote for Modi.

 

Inconsistency of the Muslim leaders towards Modi: Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Maulana Mehmood Madani told, “In Gujarat, Jamiat workers on the ground have told me that in several Assembly segments, Muslims voted for Modi. There is a perceptible change of heart and circumstances are different now. I agree the times are changing. Muslims in Gujarat are economically better off than in several states which have so-called secular governments in power,” he told Rahul Kanwal in an exclusive interview on Seedhi Baat[5]. However, later clarified that he declined to either reject or endorse Modi’s possible candidature as Prime Minister[6]. In October 2012, as he called Modi a “tyrant”, the BJP tried to ban him to enter Gujarat[7].

 

Azam Khan type of Anti-Modism: On 28-01-2014, Azam Khan alarmed that there was a big conspiracy going on to divide Muslims … If Muslims were divided, Narendra Modi would form the next government (at the Centre) and therefore they have to remain united, he said while addressing a conference of madrassa managers and principals in Lucknow[8]. As usual he called Modi “murderer”. Many times, his angry was turned towards Amit Shah also. Harping upon the 2002 riots, it is claimed that Muslims would never forgive Modi and vote for him and therefore, BJP cannot get the votes of Muslims.

 

The tirade of Mayavati against Modi: On 21-02-2014, Mayawati told that they will put their “entire strength to prevent Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister. It is in interest of the country to prevent the BJP from coming to power (in the next elections),” Ms. Mayawati told reporters outside Parliament[9]. She claimed that minority community members were apprehensive about  Modi. “If Modi wins, it will give a boost to the communal forces in the country,” the BSP supremo said, adding BJP is not trustworthy as “it says something and does something else”. But she was with BJP in forming government in UP twice.

 

AAP, SP and others turning against Modi: On 16-03-2014, BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP  from Hamirpur (Himachal Pradesh) Anurag Thakur on Sunday criticized Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for leading an unruly party and helping Congress in its effort to stop Narendra Modi from becoming the Prime Minister[10]. On 31-03-2014, Modi himself accused that Congress was conspiring to prevent him from becoming PM[11]. On the same day, Mulayam asserted that “SP will not let BJP succeeded in Lok Sabha polls and make Narendra Modi the next PM. If they (BJP) get defeated in Uttar Pradesh, Modi will never become PM,” Asking Muslims to remain alert, he said BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had close relationship and Congress’ role was also suspicious as far as providing facilities to Muslim community was concerned[12].

 

Non-BJP parties dictating about the PM candidate: Ironically, the non-BJP parties were suggesting their choice of Prime Minister candidate, if they wanted to be with NDA. Shiv Sena was suggesting that Sushma Swaraj would be an ideal choice of PM. Then it was changed to suggest that Sushma Swaraj might be better choice, yet some suggested Arun Jaitely. But, on 22-03-2014 Prakash Sigh Badal unwittingly declared that Arun Jaitely would be the Deputy PM[13]. Recently also, one BJP minister of MP said that Sushma could be the next PM[14]. On 25-03-2014, Even Digvijay of Congress also suggested this[15], when they never declared who was their PM candidate. Of course, Mulayam Singh, Mamta Banerjee have been telling that they would not allow Modi to become PM.

 

Ex-MPs, MLAs of Congress and other parties joining BJP: In spite of the domination of Modi, definitely, some regional parties started aligning with BJP forming partners of NDA. Thus, the apprehension made earlier that except Akali Dal all others are going away from NDA proves wrong. Not only that, even former ministers, MPs, MLAs of other parties like Congress, JD (S) etc have started joining BJP. One way, it has become headache for BJP, as they were not only criticizing Modi with harsh language or hate-speech, some of them have been of tainted category. And the BJP has to pay heavy price, if they come to power.

 

BJP is different, Modi is different – new argument of the media: Then started the argument that BJP has become Modi-party, one-man party and no other has any say in BJP. This is the media-floated argument put forward now, but there are few takers. The politicians know very well who is controlling whom and how the parties, leaders of parties and others work and function at the time of winning and losing elections. But why the media play doublegame against BJP is not known. At one side, they project that BJP / NDA has been gaining vote %, Modi the favourite PM and so on , on the other side, they also accuse that BJP is sticking to the communal agenda, Amit Shah is doing that in UP and so on.

 

Modi could win and get votes from all: The conservative but posed as progressive media also slowly accepted the Modi-factor accepted that there would be a change in voting pattern with reversals also. Thus, “the Hindu” (March 21.2014) reported[16], “A large-scale attitudinal survey shows that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance has gained significantly across most parts of the country as well as among most social groups. The only exceptions are the Scheduled Tribes and Muslims.” Thus, finally, the media has to accept that Modi would be acceptable to all and people would vote for him.

 

Vedaprakash

© 06-04-2014

[1] http://www.business-standard.com/article/politics/bjp-s-272-arithmetic-narendra-modi-s-top-5-key-strategies-113081900470_1.html

[2] http://www.newindianexpress.com/thesundaystandard/BJP-Does-the-Regional-Maths-Ahead-of-2014/2014/01/05/article1982945.ece

[3] http://www.livemint.com/Politics/pZtZnyzsDGC8rGoe3ZwjmM/BJP-clinches-sevenparty-alliance-in-Tamil-Nadu.html

[4] http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/bjp-prepares-to-bring-tdp-agp-into-nda/article1-1187474.aspx

[5] http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/rahul-kanwal-jamiat-leader-maulana-madani-narendra-modi-seedhi-baat/1/250605.html

[6] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Will-neither-reject-nor-endorse-Narendra-Modi-Maulana-Mehmood-Madani/articleshow/18683456.cms

[7] http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/bjp-wants-maulana-vastanvi-banned-from-gujarat-for-calling-narendra-modi-tyrant-283279

[8] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Azam-Khan-asks-Muslims-to-unite-to-prevent-Modi-from-becoming-PM/articleshow/29508494.cms

[9] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/mayawati-vows-to-prevent-modi-from-becoming-pm/article5713423.ece

[10] https://in.news.yahoo.com/kejriwal-aiding-congress-prevent-modi-becoming-pm-anurag-132313795.html

[11] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/congress-conspiring-to-prevent-me-from-becoming-pm-modi/article5852006.ece

[12] http://www.livemint.com/Politics/PQhqxtAbYJvJVWLktaZLmJ/Will-not-let-BJP-succeed-in-making-Narendra-Modi-PM-Mulayam.html

[13] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Punjab-CM-pitches-for-Jaitley-as-deputy-PM-could-ruffle-feathers-in-BJP/articleshow/32440602.cms

[14] http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/sushma-swaraj-would-be-a-better-pm-than-modi-digvijay-singh/

[15] http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/Sushma-Swaraj-Would-be-a-Better-PM-than-Modi-Digvijay/2014/03/25/article2129898.ece

[16] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/2009-vote-share-may-be-reversed-in-2014/article5774599.ece

Hate speech, Indian media and secular parties – Why Modi is targeted maximum?

April 1, 2014

Hate speech, Indian media and secular parties – Why Modi is targeted maximum?

 

Why Modi is targeted maximum?: During the March 2014, the Congress leaders have vehemently targeted and attacked Narendra Modi with very harsh words and expressions in Hindi countering his comments and as well as heaping new abusive rhetoric. Modi has been targeted by all comparing him Hitler, Stalin, Pol-pot, Coebelles and so on. He is repeatedly mentioned as killer, murderer, butcher, man-eater[1] and what not. Perhaps, no other Indian politician has been targeted like this than Modi. Whenever Modi spoke, it was telecast immediately, the comments against his speech was recorded from the opponent parties like Congress, SJD, etc and broadcast. In fact, the comments of Nitish and his spokesman were shown as if they cover point by point.

 

“Chaiwala” aspire to become PM: The “Tea-vendor aspiring to becoming PM” attracted the detractors maximum, thus   In November 2013, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Naresh Agarwal[2] ridiculed that “tea-vendor cannot become a PM”. And in January 2014, the arrogant and bigheaded Mani Shakar Iyer sarcastically retorted that if he comes to their venue, he can serve tea – Aiyar had mocked Modi’s prime ministerial ambitions and said a place would be identified for the Gujarat chief minister to distribute tea at AICC . When asked, when he would apologize for making such personal remarks, refused[3]. Thus, the “Chaiwala”, Chai-bechnewala, etc., promoted “chai pe charcha” attracting masses and evidently the foreign media[4]. Thus, this obviously made the rival political parties to counter. Though, they have been questioning Modi-economics, Gujarat Model of development etc., they are confined to the elite and not interested among others like “chaiwala”.

 

Many Congress leaders joining BJP rattled Congress[5]: At the top level, Congress has been the most affected, reflecting its image of a sinking ship in these elections. MP’s  Jagadambika Pal from Domariaganj, D. Purandeshwari (daughter of TDP founder N.T.Rama Rao) from Vishakhapatnam, Rao Inderjit Singh from Gurgaon, Vitthal Radadiya from Porbandar and Satpal Maharaj from Pouri Garhwal are some of the big names to have quit the party to join BJP. Sanjay Kaka Patil of the NCP and Rajesh Verma of the BSP have also joined the saffron party. In far flung Arunachal Pradesh, strongman Gegong Apang has also switched over to the BJP. The first big name to change affiliation was Ram Vilas Paswan of the Lok Janshakti Party. Thus, “Congress – sinking ship” discussion openly came out.

 

 

Modi-critics joining BJP: Pramod Muthalik, the Ram Sena chief joined BJP, but immediately, his membership was denied[6]. Ironically, when his followers attacked Pub-girls that created controversy, he was targeted by the media for his medieval mindset, hooliganism and Talibanism. At that time, he criticized the BJP and other leaders in his interviews given to the media. The worst critic of JD (U) Sabir Ali also joined BJP, when he was expelled from the party, but within a day, his membership was cancelled / annuled[7]. Of course, it was reported that he himself wanted to hold, till something was resolved[8].  Of course, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, the Muslim face of BJP opposed his entry. Interestingly, all are happening within a week.

 

M J Akabar – a critic turned BJPwala: In some cases, those who abused Modi have joined BJP and eating their words. Thus, when M. J. Akbar joined BJP and nominated as its spokesman, what he told about Modi earlier haunted and dunted[9]:  “Modi is an ideologue, with a difference. The difference is hysteria. It is an edgy hysteria, which can mesmerise; and it easily melts into the kind of megalomania that makes a politician believe that he is serving the larger good through a destructive frenzy against a perceived enemy. In Hitler’s case, the enemy was the Jew; in Modi’s case the enemy is the Muslim. Such a politician is not a fool; in fact, he may have a high degree of intellect. But it is intellect unleavened by reason, and untempered by humanism”. Now, he has to defend Modi as a Muslim or secular journalist or spokesman of BJP itself!

 

How and why Modi is dubbed as Hiter: Advani sidelined, Murali Manohar Joshi was shifted from Varanasi facilitating Modi to contest, Jaswant Singh, the veteran leader was expelled when he tried to contest from the same constituency for which he was denied ticket and other events made critics and detractors of Modi to accuse him of dictatorship, one-upmanship and so on. Perhaps, this emboldens the Congress and other non-BJP parties to criticize him as Hitler and so on. But, after all, this is their internal matter and other parties need not worry, as they have more problems of dissatisfaction, dissent, and defection than BJP. Yet, they and of course, media try to criticize BJP.

 

17-years coalition partner becomes the worst critic: BJP and JD (S) had been fighting elections for the past 17 years and suddenly, when Modo was declared as the PM candidate, Nitish broke away from the NDA. This created a lot of heat between the partners. Once Nitish praised Modi for his governance, but now he started criticizing him. On March 4, 2014 Nitish Kumar[10] called Modi “a follower of (German dictator Adolf) Hitler and Goebbels. After Sonia, perhaps, Nitish has been the worst attacker of Modi. He called Modi “a follower of (German dictator Adolf) Hitler and Goebbels.”  Here, Goebbles was the Nazi propagandist Paul Joseph Goebbels.  But, in spite of multi-crore, mega-crore scams and many corrupt practices, Rahul and Sonia go on claim their virtues and none questioned them for their vices.

 

Secular historians belive that Modi cannot function as Hitler: Ramachandara Guha, wrote[11], “His more alarmist critics speak of Modi as an Indian Hitler or Mussolini. In fact, a politician the Gujarat chief minister resembles more, at least in his personal style, is the late Hugo Chavez. To be sure, their political ideologies and economic models are at variance. Even so, Modi is akin to Chavez in presenting himself as a lone outsider taking on the Establishment, in his fusion of his State with his self, and in the demonization of his opponents”. After discussing at lengh, he concludes[12], “ But to worry about the return of the Emergency or an era of ‘fascism’ is to succumb to a premature and unfortunate alarmism. It may be that in May 2014 we shall have an arrogant and sectarian prime minister instead of the weak and incompetent prime minister we now have. But Indian democracy, not to speak of India itself, will survive.”.

 

Rahul compared Modi with Hitler: On March 7, 2014, Rahul indirectly attacked Modi comparing Hitler and Gandhi[13] i.e, Hiler used to shout but not Gandhi at a rally in Aurangabsad, Maharastra( महात्मा गांधी और हिटलर की तुलनाकरतेहुए राहुल गांधी ने कहा कि जर्मन तानाशाह चिल्लाता था क्योंकि उसमें विश्वास का अभाव था। लेकिन क्या गांधीजी कभी चिल्लाए, नहीं चिल्लाए क्यों कि उनमें विश्वास था।).In another Maharashtra town this morning, Mr Gandhi told a young audience at an engineering college, “My becoming or not becoming PM does not matter. What is most important is that everyone here, specially women and youth in country, feel that this is their own country.” Here too, he talked of love. And Mr Modi, again without naming him. The German dictator Hitler, Mr Gandhi said, shouted because he lacked confidence. But Mahatma Gandhi did not need to shout. “There is no need for saying things aggressively. You can say it with love. Many people will be with you,” he said. However, suddenly these sites[14] start disappearing!

 

Chaiwala, Chowkidar to Hitler – the changing criticism of Congress: On march 10, 2014 Rahul compared Modi with Hitler and also alleged the he stole the land of the farmers[15]. Rahul , without naming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, launched a blistering attack, comparing Modi to Adolf Hitler and mocking him by saying the country does not need a chowkidar (watchman). Speaking at public meeting here Deoli in Tonk district of Rajasthan on Tuesday, he hinted at Modi when he said: “Adolf Hitler thought people had no knowledge and he himself knew everything.” Hitler was another leader who only spoke of himself and made tall claims, Rahul  said.“A true leader does not lecture his people but goes among them and listens to them. A true leader, like Mahatma Gandhi, does not have any ghamand (arrogance),” Lambasting the BJP leader, he said what was happening in Gujarat was chori as land belonging to farmers were being snatched for select industrial houses[16].

 

After Massod threatening BJP lists out Hate-speeches of Congresswalas: BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi who read out a list of comments made by the Congress leadership including the infamous “Maut ke Saudagar” used by Sonia Gandhi said the party has negatively drawn comparisons between Mr. Modi and Adolf Hitler by  Rahul Gandhi,  demon king Ravan by Salman Khurshid and has also called him “Lahu Purush” by Manish Tewari[17]. “This goes on to show what kind of atmosphere the Congress wants in the country. They do not want to fight the election on the issue of governance, development etc., and have deviated from dignity and decorum that are hallmarks of a democracy,” Mr. Trivedi said.

 

Modi a “combination of Hitler and Stalin”: From the land of God’s own country, on March 26, 2014 at Kozhikode, Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala tapped on the anxieties of the high-range farmer community with regard to the Kasturirangan report, pressed the Congress party line for the need for secular politics and called Narendra Modi a “combination of Hitler and Stalin”, but spared no word about the price rise and corruption scams trailing the UPA 2 government[18]. Thus, he excelled his cong-masters to criticize Modi!

 

Do not allow Modi to become PM: The non-BJP parties used cry that they would oppose the communal BJP at any cost. The APP like parties just like Communists shoult that they oppose both BJP and Congress. Of course, the so-celled third front, federal front etc., are also scream that they oppose both BJP and Congress dubbing them as communal. Thus, the secular and communal debate has become useless now. Some interpret that Congress has cleverly posed caste against communalism by assuring that they support reservation in the private sector also. BJP doubted that Congress and Communists would again come together to oppose them[19]. Immediately, A. K. Antony hinted at the possibility of the formation of a fresh “secular” front to keep BJP out of power[20].

 

Vedaprakash

© 01-04-2014

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[12] Ramachandra Guha, The Fear of Fasism – India’s democratic institutions are too strong to let fascists win, The Telegraph, Marh 22, 2014, http://www.telegraphindia.com/1140322/jsp/opinion/story_18095590.jsp#.UzprbvQW1AL

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[19] http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/cpim-congress-to-join-hands-after-polls-bjp/article5836814.ece

[20] http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/CPM-will-join-UPA-3-to-keep-BJP-at-bay-AK-Antony/articleshow/32924199.cms