RAJYA SABHA member Vikram Verma has said that democracy has been successful in the country, as it existed since Vedic age. As for MP Vidhan Sabha, it has produced some of the country’s most prominent leaders including Dr Shankar Dayal Sharma, who later became the President, he added.
Speaking as chief guest at the divisional symposium on achievements of State during 50 years of parliamentary democracy held as part of Vidhan Sabha’s golden jubilee celebrations here on Friday, Verma said that the Assembly had passed 1,552 laws in past 50 years to redress the grievances of different sections of the society.
Saying that development in MP had been balanced and based on the needs and resources of particular area, Verma said it was important to address problems of common man. Citing an example, he said there is nationwide protest against SEZs by farmers who are against incorporation of farming land to set up industrial zones.
“This commercialisation by selected corporate houses cannot be allowed. Its time to reduce economic disparity through socialism,” he remarked.
In his keynote address, Makhanlal Chaturvedi Patrakarita Vishwavidyalaya Vice-Chancellor Achyutanand Mishr said MP Vidhan Sabha is an outcome of parliamentary democracy. “Vidhan Sabha’s biggest contribution has been to connect people of different regions, caste and languages into a whole. People from Chhattisgarh, Mahakaushal, Bundelkhand and Malwa came together and worked for its development since formation of MP in 1956,” Mishr added.
But the reforms could have been more widespread, he said had there been serious debates and policy formation on poverty alleviation, unemployment or family planning. The fractured verdict is an indication that public faith in parliamentary democracy is waning, he said, and added that people’s involvement in policy making would strengthen their faith in democratic set-up.
Presiding over the function, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Ishwardas Rohani said that although the State enjoys a room which then directed officials at the concerned police station, Hatod, to reach the site.
Cops stationed at Hatod, however, declared that the grenade was snagged by a net lain by a couple of local fishermen and it was they who handed over the explosive device to the beldar.
“Two Bhoi (fishermen), Leeladhar and Hum Singh, had cast a net in the Gambhir River near the Yeshwant Sagar pumping station on Thursday evening. When the duo went to check their catch at around 3 am they found a grenade nestling among the fish.
They informed an IMC chowkidar at Yeshwant Sagar pumping station, who summoned an Assistant Engineer,” revealed Hatod Thana in charge (TI) Amar Singh Raghuvanshi.
He said extensive search operations in the water threw up no other suspicious objects. “We deployed local fishermen to scour the entire area in the vicinity but found nothing,” informed the cop.
Sceptical of the sabotage theory, Raghuvanshi believes that the grenade was washed downstream from Mhow. “Scrap dealers sometimes pick up grenades that haven’t exploded during military exercises and, upon discovering that they are live dump them in the water. This is what must have happened and the grenade was washed downstream.”
The TI also voiced doubts about whether the bomb could have caused any damage. “The pin, which is the basic firing mechanism, had rusted owing to prolonged contact with water. So there’s little chance that the grenade would have exploded.’’
THIRD INSTANCE: This is the third instance of grenades being discovered in or around the City. A solitary grenade was earlier found lying near the boundary wall of the Central Jail and, only recently, two hand grenades were discovered from a nullah near Ahilyabai Ashram just a few days before BJP leader LK Advani was scheduled to address a public meeting near the site. Like the one found near Yeshwant Sagar, these grenades, too, belonged to the 1992 manufacturing batch.