Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Law must be allowed to take its own course to uncover the corrupt

BJP-led NDA government is completing its three years in power on May 26, 2017. It was on this day that Narendra Modi was sworn in as the Prime Minister of India. The BJP-led NDA got massive mandate in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 under his leadership. Undoubtedly, there was an atmosphere of disillusionment and desperation among the people due to the policy paralysis, scandals and scams in the previous UPA govt. With the massive victory of BJP-led NDA, a hope aroused among the people. But that too remained for a short while. People had great high expectation of the new govt. at the Centre. They thought about the Narendra Modi govt. to be the panacea of all problems. But that did not happen. With media on its side, Narendra Modi govt. never falls short of beating the drum about its achievement. But as far as the ground reality is concerned, there has been no change in it. Instead of creating 2 crore jobs every year, they are shrinking year by year in the Modi government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi gives pep talks to the people that certainly give solace to them, but momentarily. On the eve of completing three years in government, CBI, IT and DRI have raided some opposition party leaders’ premises. The two prominent opposition leaders whose premises were raided are RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and Congress veteran and former Finance Minister P Chidambram and his son Kartik Chidambram. CBI raided the residence of P Chidambram and his son Kartik Chidambram in Chennai. Though Chidambram and the Congress party both described the raids as political vendetta and witch hunting of opposition leaders to defame them among the public, Govt. must act to uncover the misdeeds of political leaders irrespective of their political affiliations. But at the same time, it must not also be the tactics of Modi govt. to divert the attention of the people from the day to day problems that they face. IT and DRI officials raided at 22 premises of the people related to Lalu Yadav in Delhi and Gurugram. Lalu's daughter's establishments- farm house and buildings were also reportedly raided. What incriminating documents the IT and CBI officials got at Delhi, Gurugram and Chennai during their raids have yet to come to light, but one thing that the ruling establishments achieved is the publicity that Narendra Modi govt. has zero tolerance to corruption. This is nothing but the political drama. Neither Lalu nor Chidambram will be made liable to be punished for their ill gotten money. Media attention will also automatically divert from the issue and govt. too will sweep the mater under the carpet. All must be equal before law. Whether it is politician or a common man, all should be treated equally and all should go through equal trials and tribulations for their wrong doings. It is the primary responsibility of IT and CBI officials to take all raids to their logical ends. Otherwise, a message will go loud and clear among the people that they are nothing but a political propaganda on the instruction of ruling party to defame opposition leaders. Former Chief Minister of Bihar and RJD supremo Lalu Yadav has been facing the charge of corruption in fodder scam for about 20 years. Despite having tainted political record, Lalu Yadav is still the single most popular leader of Bihar. In the Nitish Kumar govt. of Mahagathbandhan, Lalu's RJD is the largest partner. It is possible only in political democracy that in the fight for eradicating poverty, politician can become a millionaire. If the Narendra Modi govt. is interested in rooting out corruption, it must start first with political class.

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