Rajat Sharma

My Opinion

How an ex-serviceman’s suicide issue was mishandled

Heavens would not have fallen had the Delhi police allowed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to meet ex-serviceman Ramkishen Grewal’s relatives in hospital.

The first mistake on the part of Delhi Police was to stop Rahul Gandhi.

The second error by police was to detain the father, son and son-in-law of the deceased ex-serviceman.

The third mistake was improper handling of political protests over the suicide.

All these mistakes compounded and complicated the issue and gave Rahul Gandhi and other Congress leaders a handle to criticize the government.

By evening, competition broke out between the Congress and Arvind Kejriwal’s party as to who can launch more vicious attacks on the government over One Rank One Pension issue.

As far as Grewal’s suicide is concerned, this matter needs a thorough investigation. It should be probed why Ramkishen Grewal had to commit suicide and what was the actual cause.

Why Ramkishen spoke to his son over phone soon after consuming poison, who were the persons who were with him at the time of suicide, why didn’t they rush him to hospital, why was Ramkishen’s last telephonic conversation recorded.

All these questions need logical answers so that his family can get justice.

Mulayam, Akhilesh on different wavelengths

As UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav prepares to begin his solo rathyatra, with his ‘rath’ (chariot) showcasing his government’s achievements, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav is toying with the idea of a grand alliance, like the Mahagathbandhan that won the assembly polls in Bihar.

It was in this context that the Congress party strategist Prashant Kishore met Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh in Delhi on Tuesday.

However, Akhilesh wants his party to go alone in the UP assembly elections and he is ready to defy his father and uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav.

On the other hand, the party supremo is working on a proposed grand alliance which may include Congress, Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, Lalu Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal and Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal-United.

If such a grand alliance is forged, it will effectively reduce Akhilesh’s stature and may project Mulayam Singh as a leader of the alliance.

All these efforts towards a grand alliance are meant to stem the flow of Muslim voters from SP to BSP.

Stop political mudslinging on issue of terrorism

Terrorists have no religion, and leaders should refrain from indulging in political mudslinging on such sensitive issues, whether from the ruling party or from the opposition.

Let the National Investigation Agency conduct its probe into the Bhopal jailbreak encounter and come to conclusions.

Premature remarks on the encounter can only demoralize our forces, who take risks to kill terrorists, and yet doubts are being cast over their role.

If one goes through all the four videos that have emerged about the Bhopal encounter, the entire sequence can be established.

Actually, the confusion arose when a brief video emerged of a policeman shooting at a terrorist who had fallen, and allegations from political leaders flew thick and fast.

This is unacceptable. Let all of us wait for the conclusions from NIA probe.