On 5/7/2010 there was Bharat Bandh. Parties belonging to Left Front, NDA and some others had called for bandh. The bandh was in protest against rise in prices of petrol, diesel, kerosene and LPG. Many leaders courted arrest. Buses were damaged.
The bandh was supposed to be for the common man of India. Bandhs disrupt life and do not benefit common man. There is loss of dayâ€™s work. People who had to travel long distance by bus, car, train or plane suffer. Some book tickets months in advance. Many people do not get medical attention and sometimes people die.
Parties should protest differently. They can go on an indefinite fast or one day fast. They can demonstrate in front of secretariats or ministersâ€™ houses. Bandhs are not the way to protest.
Bandhs are bad when opposition parties call for them. They are worse when state governments enforce them. They fail in their duty and act unconstitutionally.
Parties claim they get support from people. Shopkeepers shut shops because there will be stone throwing.
Some years back Bombay High Court fined two parties 20 lakh rupees each for Maharashtra Bandh. It is time somebody moves Supreme Court for fining parties for Bharat Bandh and the fine should be in crores.
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I am a candidate to become the President of India for which soon there will be election. The new President is to take over on 25/7/2007. I ask political parties and independent MPs and MLAs who can vote in the election to support me. Nominated MPs and MLAs cannot vote in the election of the President.
Congress in is favour of common man (aam admi). Their slogan is â€œCongress ka hath aam admi ke sathâ€ (The hand of Congress is with common man). Congress leads UPA. I am a common man. So Congress led UPA should support me. Left Front generally goes along with UPA. So Left Front should support me. Left has three criteria for the candidate like he should be a political person and should have secular credentials. I do not remember the third criterion. Left can overlook its criteria as I they may not consider me a political person. But once I am elected Left will find me political.
BJP leads NDA. BJP claims it is secular and their opponents are pseudo-secular. For BJP secularism means supporting a Muslim or Christian candidate for the post of President, though in reality that is not secularism but tokenism towards other religions. Secularism is anti-thesis of religion. Last time they were in favour of P. C. Alexander. However Congress shot down the proposal. This time they BJP led NDA can support me.
When UPA and NDA support me, my victory is assured. Other parties and independent MPs and MLAs are welcome to support me.