Chandigarh: Professor Abhilash Tripathi, National Convenor of NGO Outlook for Social Change has vehemently opposed the candidature of Zee TV owner Subhash Chandra for a Rajya Sabha seat from Haryana.
Addressing a press conference here, Prof Tripathi termed the development as an unfortunate event in the electoral process of the world’s largest democracy. “It is perplexing to note that even our progressive Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is facing unknown compulsions to support elements like Subhash Chandra for his Rajya Sabha bid,” he said.
He said that the state of Karnataka had made a major mistake by sending the now absconding Vijay Mallya to the Rajya Sabha and the state of Haryana should not be repeating the same mistake.
Calling Chandra an opportunist, Tripathi said that the former had turned an NRI just to launch his TV channel. Chandra had been out of Haryana for three decades but now he was eyeing Haryana as an opportunity to go to Rajya Sabha as many other states had not succumbed to his demand for a Rajya Sabha seat. “Irrespective of their political affiliations, it is for the 90 MLAs, who represent the state of Haryana to take a conscious call before casting their vote on June 11, 2016. I sincerely request all parties to strongly oppose such elements as it will pollute the sanctity of the Upper House,” he said.
Tripathi challenged Chandra to a live debate on Zee News saying that Chandra ought to answer questions pertaining to his business and political dealings as well as his contribution for the state of Haryana. “In case Subhash Chandra evades my challenge, he should withdraw his nomination on June 3, 2016 so as to show his respect for the Indian democracy and people of India,” he said.
Tripathi has sent out an appeal to all MLAs as well as state leaderships of BJP, INLD, Congress, BSP and Shiromani Akali Dal to join hands in opposing entry of Chandra in the Rajya Sabha. He would be visiting the headquarters of BJP and Congress over the next two days to expose Subhash Chandra, Tripathi said.
He said that Chandra had himself admitted to prima facie criminalities in his autobiography The Z Factor and had made a fortune of lakhs of crores by exploiting loop holes in the Indian laws.
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