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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
The new Secretariat and the tax payer’s money.
Barely within a day of Jayalalithaa assuming office, the detractors have started finding fault with her decision to discard the new Secretariat.
This decision of hers is not new or sudden.
She has been telling that all along and also mentioned it in her election manifesto.
If people had voted for her, it means that they have known her stance and accepted it. That is why the authorities in the government had started readying the St George’s on their own volition even as the election trends were coming to be known.
Most of the money spent by the government is tax-payer’s money.
The detractors must have told this to Karunanidhi when he started the work.
That building was initially planned for 200 crores, but who stretched it to a whooping 1200 crores?
Where was Veeramani, Vaiko and others at that time when Karunanidhi was making it as though a Mukesh Ambani is building his house by his own funds?
Why so much extravaganza and costly fittings for a place that is going to discuss how to provide the next meals to the common man by the representatives of the common man?
The horrific thing is that the structure was gold plated for decoration while millions of women in Tamilnadu can not even think of minimum gold ornaments around their neck and hands.
Think of the first order signed by Jayalaithaa.
It was to provide 4 grams of gold to the poor girls at the time of marriage.
Gold has such usage in all the families in our State whereas Karunanidhi has no second thought on pouring people’s money for gold plating of the structure.
Can any ordinary woman in Tamilnadu relish the sight of that golden decoration which otherwise could have gone to them in some forms of utility?
Karunanidhi may compare this gold plating with the gold plating done on templegopurams, but such works are done with devotee’s contribution.
Here the money spent on the Secretariat with all the features of a 5-star hotel could have become more meaningful if spent on the needs of the people.
With that enormous money – which now stands at 1200 crores,
power generation could have been hiked and
many industries could have been saved in the last 2 years of Karunanidhi’s rule.
But Karunanidhi went about his way with the sole aim of wishing to see that he gets a name through that.
The detractors of Jayalalithaa can not think all these.
They have only one agenda – oppose Jayalalithaa blindly and support Karunanidhi for whatever he does.
The problem with the structure is that Karunanidhi did not seek a consensus on building the new Secretariat.
Public memory is not short and we know how Karunanidhi’s thirst for name and fame made him thwart the efforts by Jayalalithaa in her previous tenure to build a new Secretariat building.
All her earlier attempts to expand the Secretariat at St Georges were thwarted by the DMK with the help of its ministers at the Centre, solely to deny her a name in history. After coming to power, DMK renamed many structures constructed by Jayalalithaa but our detractors and the media turned a Nelson’s eye to them.
One example where the common man is forced to shell out money due to Karunanidhi’s thirst fro name is the Koyembedu bus stand (CMBT) originally inaugurated by Jayalalithaa.
It is the biggest one in Asia.
After coming to power, Karunanidhi engraved his name on it by shifting its entrance to another part of the bus stand.
Because of this, the people have to go half a kilometer extra,
for which the autowallahs coolly charge extra money 20 rupees plus.
Where are Veeramani, Vaiko and others?
Why is the common man made to pay extra money to enter the bus stand through the gate that was shifted just to show Karunanidhi’s name engraved there?
Thousands of people are going to CMBT carrying their luggage in the autos.
Just calculate how much money has been taken out from common man in all these years for an act done to satisfy Karunanidhi’s ego.
Veeramani or Vaiko do not bother about this loss to common man.
That is why they are where they are now!
Not only that, Karunanidhi’ government turned the Koyembedu bus stand into a dump yard.
The bus stand that is the biggest one in Asia was treated callously by Karunanidhi government by dumping the garbage.
No magazine, no reporter, no politician raised a whimper about it.
Probably they do not know about it.
After all the bus stand is meant for common man.
How could we expect these detractors to have gone there in their lifetime to board the buses?
These people would not consider such a treatment to the vital facility of the common man as wastage of public money,
but would jump up to find fault for not using the new Secretariat.
Their grouse is that the Secretariat was built with tax-payer’s money.
Is it right to waste it by not using it?
I agree with them.
It is not right to waste tax payer’s money.
That money can be realized manifold by selling it or leasing it.
One suggestion is that all government offices can be shifted there.
On my part I would say sell it through auction.
Until now 1200 crores have been spent.
More money is needed to finish it, which will take 6 more months for completion.
If Karunanidhi loves it very much, let him buy it.
He is not like Lord Rama who left everything and went to the forest and ‘dared’ to build a bridge across the sea without proper educational qualification.
But Karunanidhi is a different person.
He has all the moneyto buy the State.
And he was more qualified than the German experts and
built the structure by himself brick by brick.
He has all the money to buy it also.
If he does not, we have umpteen number of billionaires to buy it.
It could fetch nothing less than 10,000 crores if auctioned.
That is public money.
Let that money be used for power projects or other projects which will directly reach the people.
I want public opinion to be built on these lines so that any more spending on that building must be stopped and money is made from the building to benefit the common man directly.
I have another reason to say this.
Karunanidhi has a proven record of a Bhasmasura.
He demolished the DMK.
He poured enormous money on the building only to become unusable for the purpose he envisaged.
He could not sit there as Chief Minister.
He could not make his son sit there as Chief Minister.
For such a huge expenditure of public money,
no Vaastu or muhurtha principle was followed to ensure its success.
His choice of inauguration time of the New Secretariat shows that
any assembly session (the purpose for which it is built) can not go smoothly and
there would be always disputes.
For a building that is meant for devising ways and means for the welfare of the people, this natal chart of the building shows unsatisfactory trends.
Just look at the inauguration muhurtha of the complex.
March 13, 2010,
The lagna is Leo hemmed between malefics (papa karthari).
The lagna lord is in 8th in the bhava chart.
The yoga karaka Mars is in debility in Rasi, bhava and the Shodasamsa (D-16)
(Note: Even if a planet is in debility in rasi, its position in Navamsa can nullify the debility if it is exalted or in a friendly sign in Navamsa. But that is not all. We have to see the Shodasamsa (D-16) also. The Shodasamsa position finally determines the way the debilitated planet of the rasi will behave. The debilitated Mars continues to be in debility in Shodasamsa.)
Similarly the 7th lord, Saturn which was in retrogression in the 2nd at the time of inauguration, has gone into debility in the 4th house in the Shodasamsa.
The Building can not have smooth functioning between the opposite parties.
For mundane purposes, the 11th house and its lord stand for Parliament and Assembly or the seat of people’s representation. The 11th house is Gemini with Ketu occupying it and Saturn casting its 10th aspect on it. The 11th lord Mercury is combust. It is in the 8th in debility in the bhava chart and in the 12th along with karaka for government (Sun) in the 12th in the Navamsa. It is aspected by debilitated Mars and Saturn in D-16.
The structure can not become the seat of Assembly
The dasa running right from inception also happens to be that of debilitated Mars.
In the bhava chart, Mercury, the 2nd and 11th lord debilitates but is redeemed by the 10th lord Venus. Venus as lord of 3rd and 10th is in exaltation in the 8th , but joins Rahu in the 5th in Navamsa aspected by bhaadak Mars (For the fixed lagna of Leo, the 9th lord mars is the Bhaadak) and joins the debilitated Mars in the 7th in Shodasamsa.
The star lords of moon and the current dasa are debilitated in Shodasamsa. The sub cuspal lords of the 1st, 9th and 10th houses also are in debility or weak in D-16. Though the 3rd lord has exalted in the 8th, it is in the asterism of Saturn which is in the 6th from moon in Navamsa aspected by the baadak lord Mars and is in debility in D-16. No session done in this structure can be smooth or beneficial for the public.
From moon, the 4th lord Venus is exalted in the 2nd and from lagna the Venus as 10th lord is exalted in the 8th. In all probability, the structure can bring money. The ideal solution is to stop spending more on it for its completion and instead raise money by selling it. Or raise money by renting it.