Nobody is in queue for PM: Sushma
Just days after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj created a flutter by publicly endorsing Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's candidature for the PM's post, she on Friday at Agenda Aaj Tak Conclave tried to cap the debate by saying there's a difference between being a claimant and being eligible.
Sushma said, "Modi is capable. There's no doubt about it. There are five to six leaders in the party who are also capable of being PM. Nobody is in the queue. It's the strength of the party that there are so many capable leaders. The BJP parliamentary will take a final decision."
She was speaking at the session-Mission 2014: Ek Anar 100 Bimar at TV Today Network Conclave - Agenda Aaj Tak.
While Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh tried to drive a wedge in the BJP by saying Sushma was the most suitable PM candidate, she said, "I personally think, the BJP should not announce the PM's candidate before elections. If we project a leader today and then if we don't have the numbers after the elections, it will then be a question of acceptability."
"In the era of coalition politics, it's prudent not to be project a leader before the polls. If BJP sweeps the poll, then there's a different scenario, if we are short of numbers, the scenario is different."
Singh was very candid when he said, "In our party, there are no claimants for the PM's post. The high command's wish is the command."
Later in the day at Agenda Aaj Tak, during a session 'India Maange More Vikas', Parliamentary Affairs and Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said: "Only reforms in governance can give impetus to growth. Only when we initiate reforms in governance, we cannot achieve growth targets."
"Earlier, our growth was driven by the public sector. Now, growth is powered by the private sector. The biggest hurdle is government red tape. We have to unleash our entrepreneurial ability.
"When we clocked 8pc growth, it was mere statistics for the people in the villages. The other big problem is the fragmentation in politics, in which regional parties are only interested in pushing their own agenda," he said.
Managing Worker and Chairman, Sahara India Parivar, Subrata Roy Sahara said, "India is worried about brain drain. But what the government should worry is about capital drain. Indian businessmen are setting up business abroad.
"Anybody with entrepreneurial skills cannot start a business due to administrative red tape. Capital formation is a huge hurdle. The job of the regulator is to regulate, not ban. Licence raj has come to an end, but there are too many hurdles."
Chairman, RP-Sanjeev Goenka Group, Sanjeev Goenka said, "The government should be a catalyst for growth. Politics of opposition should stop if we want growth. The entrepreneur should be given free hand."
The session 'Social Networking Kamaal Ya Janjaal' saw author Chetan Bhagat, social activist Kiran Bedi and Union minister Manish Tewari vehemently defend the social networking revolution.
Bhagat said, "Facebook and twitter have brought an information revolution. If you shackle social media, people will be wary of expressing themselves online. Policing social networking sites will take India backwards.
"There cannot be a legal remedy. There's no technology to regulate social networking sites."
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent Charge), Manish Tewari said, "Facebook is a march of technology, a paradigm leap. The government is ready to debate the contentious clause, 66A, in the Information Technology Act. And we are also ready for an amendment of law, but only after a debate."
Social activist Kiran Bedi said, "Self-regulation and Net etiquette is the key. The law should not be amended. But the law enforcement agencies should be educated on its use. There is no social media policy in the country.
"Guidelines should be drawn and these should include establishing, educating and enforcing the guidelines." --IBNS