Manmohan Singh govt trying to kill democracy in India?

Manmohan Singh
New Delhi, Aug 25: The news of closing down six Delhi metro stations on Sunday, Aug 26 has enraged many, especially those who have been planning to join Arvind Kejriwal's protest rally against coal scam. Many have already started asking - Is the government trying to kill democracy in the country? Former Team Anna member Kiran Bedi was one of those who expressed their rages against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his government.

Raising question against the UPA government, Mrs Bedi on Saturday, Aug 25 tweeted, "losing metro stations to make it inconvenient for people to come to Jantar Mantar Rally tom is completely undemocratic!"

Mrs Bedi, who showed her respect for Kejriwal despite differences of opinions with the latter, said, "This is time for 'a united front against corruption'. If we keep fragmented the corrupt will continue to be in power to protect itself," and also added, "Very immature decision to close down Metro to CP in view of rally at Jantar Mantar. Bad precedent. Hope they change their mind!"

Alleging that both Congress and BJP were hand-in-glove on the coal block allocation, Kejriwal claimed, "Congress and BJP have got together to loot Rs 1.86 lakh crore in coal scam."

However, Mrs Bedi thinks in a different way. Explaining her opinion about the protest against corruption, Mrs Bedi tweeted, "I fully support Arvind's call for Jantar Mantar rally. While I feel we need to focus on party in power, I respect his and others view to cover all!"

Kejriwal called for a mass rally on Sunday and planned to gherao the prime minister and BJP president Nitin Gadkari's residences in the national capital. The protesters are expected to gather at Jantar Mantar at 8 am on Sunday.

Delhi police on Saturday announced that six metro stations - Central Secretariat, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk, Race Course, Jor Bagh and Khan Market will be closed from 8 am to 6 pm on Sunday. The decision has been taken to keep protesters away from reaching the PM and Gadkari's residences.

Kejriwal called for the rally following the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report which claimed that coal blocks allocation between 2005 and 2009 led to a loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore to the national exchequer.

The CAG report, which was tabled in the Parliament on Aug 17, did not indict the Prime Minister Office (PMO) but scrutinised the period between 2005 to 2009 when Manmohan Singh was the coal minister.

The report named 25 companies including Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Steel, Tata Power and Jindal Steel and Power which have got the blocks in various states. According to the report, nearly 44 billion tonnes of coal were given away at throwaway prices to private companies and 194 coal blocks were allegedly allotted to companies on mere recommendations.

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