Monday, November 1, 2010
Punish the corrupt
The Adarsh Housing Society Scam reflects one thing clearly that corruption has overpowered all government activities. The involvement in the scam is not of signle party or of any individual only but of all political entities, bureaucracy and a section of the top army brass. The close and corrupt nexus among politician, bureaucracy and army has come to light in the Adarsh Housing Society Scam. It is a very dangerous trend. This sort of corrupt nexus will sap our democratic system. Whoever is found guilty must awarded stringent punishment. Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has tendered his resignation as CM to Congress President Sonia Gandhi in the wake of Adasrsh Society Scam. She asked him to do so to save the party from embarrassment. But Congress President must not do delaying tactics in replacing Chavan.Scam and scandal is not new in a Maharashtra.Scandal and scams have surrounded the successive Maharashra Congress Chief Ministers and it has been party’s hallmark in the state. From VP Naike to the present Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, almost all have been charged with one scandal or the other scam. Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh are known to be persons of integrity and honesty. One is leading the party and the other is leading the government. So they must take the issue seriously and start doing exercises to salvage the party's image. Two of the former Maharashtra Chief Ministers Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde are also allegedly involved in Adarsh Society Housing Scam as they were also allegedly alloted flats to their relatives and close ones. They are presently Cabinet Ministers in the Union Government of Congress-led UPA. The same charge of corruption is against Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. The land of Adarsh Society was basically meant for Kargil war heroes. But the genuine Kargil heroes were not alloted the flats. Instead of them, the top brass of army have also got allotment for themselves and their relatives through fraudulent means. Flats were alloted to bureaucrats, politicians and top army brash. The army has already started the enquiry. Chavan offered to resign during a meeting with Gandhi in connection with the controversial Adarsh Co-operative Housing Society which was supposedly meant for widows and veterans of the Kargil war.There are reports that more Congress and NCP leaders including three former Maharashtra Chief Ministers Union Heavy Industry Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, Union Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and current Revenue Minister Narayan Rane and Maharashtra minister Ajit Pawar, nephew of NCP supremo Sharad Pawar, had links with the controversial upscale project.Congress supremo have entrusted the Adarsh Society Housing scam issue to a two-member committee of Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Union Defence Minister A K Antony to go into it and report to take the final decision about the fate Chavan Government. But more the Congress party delays in relieving Chavan of Maharashtra CM chair, the more harmful it proves politically for the party. So to save the Congress Party from futher embarrassment on the issue of corruption, Sonia Gandhi must give nod for replacement of Chavan with some known face of honesty and integrity.