It can happen only in India that after scams after scams, UPA government led by the Congress party which is again accused of being involved in the coal scam which is estimated to be in the amount of Rs 1.84 lakh crore which is even bigger than the 2G scam, estimated to be at Rs 1.76 lakh crore, is showing no signs of going away and is pointing their middle finger towards BJP and other opposition parties and more so, towards the public and saying ‘Catch me if you can’.
Why is Congress led UPA government still in power even after a plethora of scams?
This is happening because BJP, the main opposition party has lost the moral authority to blame the Congress party for all the financial terrorism inflicted on the country by them. How can a government survive with so many scams attached to their name? Even though they got enough seats to form the government with the support of their allies in 2009, they have lost the legitimacy to govern but they are still in control because of the role of an ineffective opposition being played by BJP.
It is very unfortunate that Bharatiya Janata Party which at one time was an embodiment of simplicity, character and convictions and was represented by people like Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L K Advani, Nanaji Deshmukh, Balraj Madhok and others is perceived by the public as nothing else but just an extension of the Congress party.
I will just try to elaborate my feelings by talking about some issues:
Karnataka’s former Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa was named in the Lokayukta's report where a mining company was involved in the purchase of sites allotted out of turn to Yeddyurappa's sons which was involved in illegal mining and was believed to be a front for another company. The Lokayukta of Karnataka said that his report on the illegal mining issue in the state has found substantial evidence against the chief minister and other officials. The scam caused losses worth Rs.16,080 crores to the state in a period of 14 months.
Another chapter of moral degradation and bankruptcy of Indian politics was written when news channels broadcast footage showing Karnataka state Minister for Cooperation Laxman Savadi sharing a porn video with C.C. Patil, minister for women and child development, while sitting in the state assembly of Karnataka. In addition, one of the ministers watching porn was also the minister for women and child development.
It is even more sad and ironical that all the three ministers belong to the Bharatiya Janata Party which is also the main opposition party at the national level, the party which at one time was an embodiment of principles, character, nationalism and morality. Unlike politicians from other parties, they were in politics for social service and to give something to the country…they believed in serving the country…they did not become rich overnight because of their political affiliation and activities. We may or may not agreed with their political ideology but their personal integrity was always above suspicion. I am talking of the BJP in the past…a historical perspective.
Team Anna attracted country’s attention because they were talking about the most important issue in the country – CORRUPTION. We all understand the opposition of the Congress party towards the issue…We don’t expect a group of financial terrorists to make a high tech device which would act as an impediment and has the potential to catch them. But what was BJP doing about it? Simply nothing. We do not expect anything from the members of our Rajya Sabha…they are there because of some network etc. The UPA has just enough members to scrape through in the event of a no confidence motion…Lok Sabha has 543 members and UPA 2 has hardly the support of 290. My question is for the remaining 200+ members. What do they do all day? Why they could not make this issue a lightning rod for the government? We can say that the opposition of the Congress party for this bill was very, very active and BJP’s support was very, very passive.
The country, when it comes to honesty and morality, does not expect anything from the Congress party…we all know what it is…there are no surprises…expecting Congress to be honest and moral is like expecting Sunny Leone to be a virgin…we all know that it is not going to happen.
A friend of mine sent me couple of lines which rhymes well but is very disturbing:
’Kuch rupyo me bikta hai hamare desh ke politicians ka jameer,
kaun kehta hai ki desh main mahganyee bahut hai?’
BJP has to come out of their shell and face the reality…they have to re-invent themselves and come before the people as a viable alternative to the Congress party. They have to shed their bubble of ignorance and self-glorification. They have to borrow the book of simplicity and humility from leaders like Vajpayee and others. I was talking to a General Secretary of the party yesterday and he said that you should not be surprised if news comes out that some BJP members also have a Swiss bank account and they keep their mouth shut because they are on the payroll of the Congress party. A friend of mine from BJP said that they are a lot more honest and moral compared to the Congress party…I argued that honesty and morality should not be construed as a relative term in comparison to the Congress…there should be a zero tolerance for corruption and BJP should not be perceived as a party of political harakari.
If the choice in the next general election is between Congress and BJP, it is not a great choice…the public is being robbed of their right to vote and elect a government which would take care of them. The public perceives the Congress party as a convicted criminal but they do not think of BJP as a holy cow either. I see some BJP people and I do not have an iota of doubt in my mind that they are corrupt. The elections in 2014 might again give us a coalition (khichdi) government but the political parties should make sure that it is a tasty khichdi which the public is going to relish and enjoy. Let us hope that we do not have to agree with George Bernard Shaw when he said that “Politics is the game of Scoundrels”.
- Once, all villagers decided to pray for rain...they all came to a place with umbrellas...this is FAITH
- When we throw a one year old baby in the air, the baby laughs because the baby knows that the parents would catch him...this is TRUST
- When we go to sleep at night, we set up the alarm...we do not know if we are going to get up in the morning...this is HOPE
I hope that it is not a utopian dream, but our political parties have to give this to us.
Based on my knowledge, analysis and interpretation, I don’t have any hesitation in describing the Congress party and BJP as CORRUPT government, IMPOTENT opposition.