In what can be termed as a classic example of the way things are at present proceeding in the Uttarakhand Congress, the charge-sheet which the state unit had decided to draft in order to expose what it called failure of the union and state governments amid much hullaballoo has seemed to lose its way. The party had earlier declared to release the charge-sheet on March 18 and later it was postponed on many occasions. Though those responsible for drafting the document are claiming that the charge-sheet is ready, it is learnt that lack of interest shown by the members of the charge-sheet committee and prevailing chaos in the party emanating primarily from lack of resources for being on wrong side of the power has created an embarrassing situation where the all important charge-sheet is not ready with only days left for polling in the state. Not a good omen indeed for the grand old party in the Himalayan state.
In the run up to the crucial Lok Sabha polls, the top leadership of BJP has appeared to have given a virtual carte blanche to the chief minister who steamrolled resenting voices to ensure return of rebels who had left the saffron outfit back into the party fold. In past few days almost two dozen leaders of different statures have joined the party amid much fanfare. Though return of Narendra Modi at helm in centre remains the common thread which apparently had pulled these leaders most of whom had revolted and contested against official candidates of party in the assembly elections of 2017 and municipal elections held last year, team TSR has apparently killed two birds with one stone. On one hand it has made things easier for the party candidates in the ensuing do or die battle of Lok Sabha and on the other it has smoothed the path of the party in the assembly elections, slated in the year 2022.
In the deafening din of elections, the plight of parents who had just undergone the ordeal of depositing ever increasing fees of the schools, purchase expensive uniforms, procure grossly overpriced textbooks and bring home mostly unnecessary stuff in the name of stationery and other things for their wards, seems to have been forgotten. Notwithstanding consistent claims of the government to put a rein on the insurmountable greed of the private school owners, the hard earned money of the people is continuing to get collected into pockets of education mafia. Different orders of courts and instructions of the education minister on compulsion of cheap and comprehensive NCERT books also seem to have cut little ice. The nexus of the private schools, booksellers, publishing houses and the uniform suppliers is so deep rooted that it needs a headstrong government with strong political will to uproot it and to enact stringent laws to protect interests of the parents, the prospects of which in present circumstances appear bleak.
Friday, 05 April 2019 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun
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