Saturday, December 18, 2010

Congress must send out strong message against corruption

83rd Congress Plenary session is to decide the future course of party’s
line in coming years. In recent days, the ruling Congress has been
charged with inaction in serious corruption cases. The Congress-led UPA
government has been rocked by three scams- CWG, Adarsh and 2G
Spectrum Scam. Though on the basis of prima facie and public
perception, the party has shown the door to all the three main accused
respectively. But it has acted when much water had flown down the
Ganges. The public and the opposition parties have started here and there putting
question mark on the honesty and integrity of the scholar Prime Minister
Dr. Manmohan Singh because of his indecisiveness. PM has certainly
failed to rein in his former IT and Communications Minister A Raza that
resulted in the 2G Spectrum Scam of Rs.1.76 crores. The
Commonwealth Games were held in Delhi and two Union ministers were
directly connected with arrangements for the Games, and besides that
Congress MP and CWG Organisation Committee Chairman Suresh
Kalmadi was head of overall preparations for the games. And there is
charge that crores of rupees were gulped. Though honesty and integrity of Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh can
not be doubted, he must have acted swiftly against corruption. The main
task before the Congress leadership is to lift the morale of the party
workers because of these corruption charges against their the govt and
worst-ever defeat in Bihar Assembly elections, they have become
demorlised. It would have to send the clear message that the party can
not tolerate any act of corruption in government as well organisation. It is
prepared to provide strong leadership and no lacunae will be left
unplugged. Now, Congress Party would have got clear message from the election
result of Bihar Assembly that the people would vote for only those who
work for all round development and peace and not only for showmanship
of being the champion of minority and majority without doing anything on
the ground. The Congress must draw definite line of action on corruption
and all round development of the nation. The Plenary is important as it will decide the strategy ahead for the party
with 2011 scheduled to have elections to the assemblies of Tamil Nadu,
Puducherry, Kerala, Assam and West Bengal, while some other states
including BJP-ruled Gujarat. It will be the 83rd session of the Party being
held in the 125th year of its existence. It will also adopt resolutions on
political, economic situation and international issues.Congress President and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi would also have
to act decisively and Congres General Secretary Rahul Gandhi, the future
prime ministerial candidate of the party, would also have to first
concentrate on strengthening organisation at the grass root level if the
Bihar Assembly elections resultis anything to go by. A clear message of
purpose must go to the public.

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