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The Urdu Press: Mallya of Good Times

Siasat, in its March 12 editorial, writes: “In its red corner notice, the CBI had said that Mallya should be arrested if he makes an attempt to leave the country.

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Inquilab, in its March 11 editorial, writes: “The fleeing of well-known industrialist Vijay Mallya is a tragic comment on a system where a common man responsible for the sustenance of his entire family can be taken into custody for a crime he may not have committed and pushed behind bars for years together, but no questions are asked of a person who plays with nationalised banks and uses the people’s money for his luxurious living and is not held up even for a few hours… Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the case of Ottavio Quattrocchi as an excuse. We cannot resist the temptation to say that one crime cannot be treated as an excuse for another crime and Quattrocchi’s example cannot be cited as an excuse for Mallya’s running away.”

Siasat, in its March 12 editorial, writes: “In its red corner notice, the CBI had said that Mallya should be arrested if he makes an attempt to leave the country. This notice was amended within a month saying that merely providing information about his leaving the country was enough. This amendment was made for the benefit and relief of a person who had faltered on loans worth thousands of crores of rupees for his luxuries and left the country unchecked… His running away in the face of banks’ application to court to stop him from leaving indicates that there is someone in the agencies of the government who is working for Mallya and providing him vital information. It is the job of the government and its investigative agencies to identify such elements.”

Assembly Polls

Etemaad, the mouthpiece of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM, in its March 8 editorial, writes: “The most important thing is that the results of the forthcoming elections for assemblies in five states would be seen as a measure of the performance of the BJP at the Centre… The government’s capability in meeting the crisis in the country’s universities, the extent of its success in improving the economic situation and providing relief to the people and the extent of success in giving a practical shape to PM Narendra Modi’s slogan of ‘Sabka saath, sabka vikaas’, would be the issues to be examined. Although assembly elections are of regional concern, the results of these elections would provide an opportunity to not only the BJP but to the Congress and Left parties as well, for formulating their strategies while preparing for the general elections.”

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Jamaat-e-Islami’s Daawat, in a March 13 commentary, writes: “These elections are a great test for Muslims for whom these are difficult times… And, in three states out of five — West Bengal, Kerala and Assam — Muslims not only influence the results to a great extent, the issue of power is decided by their votes… If Muslims can play an important role in any party’s victory, they can also become the cause of defeat for any party. So, they have to be on maximum alert… Muslims not only face the challenge of getting the party or a candidate of their party elected. The responsibility of blocking the way for communal forces, too, can be thrust on them.”

Riot Report

Rahnuma-e-Deccan, in a March 11 editorial, writes: “The Justice Vishnu Sahai report on the riots in Muzaffarnagar in 2013 has given rise to great disappointment among the people… particularly among the victims of these riots. Everybody knows that these riots were the result of inflammatory speeches by a leader of the BJP and widespread dissemination of a fake video for provoking the majority community against Muslims. Now the report of the inquiry commission has not fixed any responsibility for the riots on the government and the communal leaders and mention has been made of the carelessness of the local administration, the district magistrate and the intelligence agencies. It was due to the Muzaffarnagar riots that the votes of the majority community were consolidated and the BJP won 73 seats from Uttar Pradesh… This type of report can benefit only the Akhilesh Yadav government (that has been given a clean chit) and the BJP…”

Sahafat, in its March 8 editorial, writes: “There is a need for probing the views and inclinations of the local intelligence personnel. The influence of the saffron brigade can be seen clearly on their mindsets.”

Jadeed Khabar, in its March 9 editorial, writes: “No finger has been raised on the role of any political personality and the Akhilesh government has been given a clean chit. The failure of the local administration is actually taken as the failure of the government and it cannot escape responsibility.”

First published on: 18-03-2016 at 01:22:16 am
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