UPA- Dynasty, Corruption and Politics, law makers or law breakers

Lalu Yadav a victim of conspiracy: Digvijay Singh
by Hari Om on 03 Oct 2013
On September 30, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was convicted by the Special CBI court in the over Rs 900 crore fodder scam and sent to Birsa Munda Jail, Ranchi, Jharkhand, the same day. The judicial process took 17 long years to bring Lalu Prasad Yadav to justice. The CBI court will announce the quantum of sentence today (October 3).
But one thing is clear: Lalu Yadav will remain in jail for a minimum period of three years in case the higher court rejects his appeal against the conviction. Lalu Yadav’s son Tejasvi Yadav told reporters after the judgment was delivered that his father will challenge the judgment as “he is innocent”.
The response to the long-awaited conviction of Lalu Yadav from the general public and various political parties was along expected lines. The general public welcomed the verdict, while most political parties said the law took its own course and nobody is above law. The BJP hailed the conviction and said it would help check corrupt elements in the system and promote probity in public life. Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley called it a “watershed moment”.
Congress spokespersons and ministers, without exception, said the party “does not comment” on judicial processes and that they had nothing to say about the conviction. They tried to fool the politically conscious and awakened nation by saying shamelessly that Congress “doesn’t interfere” in judicial processes, though they surely aware that Congress governments under Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Manmohan Singh made a mockery of the justice system by amending and murdering the Constitution and taking the Ordinance route to communalise the polity and society and nullify various landmark court judgments, including the Allahabad High Court verdict that unseated Indira Gandhi in 1975, the 1985 Supreme Court verdict that upheld the maintenance lawsuit of poor Shah Bano during the regime of Rajiv Gandhi and the July 10, 2013 Supreme Court judgment that barred convicted lawmakers from continuing in Parliament and state assemblies and from contesting elections if convicted for two years and more.
However, it the political guru of Sonia Gandhi’s incapable, uninspiring and controversial son Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the Congress, who took an independent line from other party leaders. Digvijay Singh bemoaned the arrest of Lalu Yadav and shamelessly said deemed his conviction as the outcome of a “conspiracy”.
Who conspired against the RJD chief who had remained loyal to the Congress and defended the corrupt and anti-democratic UPA Government to the hilt? Did the Government of Jharkhand, of which the Congress and RJD are important constituents, manipulate the CBI? Did the JDU Government in Bihar, which has become part of the fast-crumbling and hated UPA for all practical purposes, interfere and influence the Special CBI court? Or, did the Congress-led UPA, which is known for misusing the CBI, hatch a conspiracy against Lalu Yadav? The question of the governments in Jharkhand and Bihar influencing or manipulating the Ranchi-based Special CBI court doesn’t arise at all.
As for the Congress-led UPA Government, it did its best to protect the RJD chief and its own MP, Rashid Masud, who was involved in a scam over medical seat admissions. Indeed, the party was willing to put its little credibility at stake to save these persons, as can be seen from the actions of the UPA Government and the Congress after July 10. Congress spokespersons and ministers, without any exception, opposed the July 10 Supreme Court judgment and tried to mislead the nation by interpreting the historic decision as an interference in the working of the Government.
The UPA regime went to extent of filing a review petition before the Supreme Court, which on September 5 upheld its earlier judgment. A bench comprising Justices AK Patnaik and SJ Mukhopadhyaya said it was “not inclined” to grant a review of the court’s July 10 decision that struck down a provision in the Representation of the People Act (RPA) allowing lawmakers to continue in office for three months even after being convicted.
The Congress Core Group comprising party president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, ministers P Chidambaram, Sushil Kumar Shinde, AK Anthony, and political secretary Ahmed Patel, had discussed the implications of the judgment on the stability of the regime on September 20m and approved the Ordinance before putting it on the Cabinet agenda.
The Union Cabinet met on September 25 under the chairmanship of the pliable Prime Minister, who heads the most corrupt government and is very appreciative of Lalu Yadav, and cleared the Ordinance. It was forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee to sign so that it could be quickly promulgated. It was the Congress and the UPA’s last ditch effort to protect the RJD chief, an unholy attempt that was opposed tooth and nail by the BJP.
That is why a BJP delegation consisting of former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani and Leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley, rushed to the President on September 26 and urged him not to sign the proposed Ordinance. It was fairly apparent that President Mukherjee was in accord with the BJP’s stand and that he raised questions over the timing and need for the Ordinance.
President Mukherjee had called Home Minister SK Shinde, Law Minister Kapil Sibal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath the same day and virtually expressed his unwillingness to approve the controversial Ordinance and promulgate it before September 30, the day the Special CBI court was to deliver its judgment in the fodder scam involving over 40 politicians, including former Chief Ministers Lalu Yadav and Jagannath Mishra, and several bureaucrats. One report suggested that he proposed to discuss the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his return from the United States. All this should leave none in doubt that the Congress and the UPA Government conspired against the judicial system to protect the RJD chief.
So who, according to Digvijay Singh, hatched a conspiracy against Lalu Yadav, and even against the Prime Minister and his Cabinet of sycophants? The obvious answer is Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi did not say one word against the July 10 Supreme Court verdict and kept his mouth shut when the UPA Government filed a review petition, and again when the Lok Sabha discussed the issue and the Congress Core Group decided to follow the Ordinance route.
But suddenly on September 27, Rahul Gandhi made an unscheduled visit to the Press Club of India where Congress’ chief spokesperson Ajay Maken was defending the Ordinance route, and decisively thrashed the Ordinance: “Now, I will tell you (reporters) what is my opinion on the Ordinance. It is complete nonsense; it should be torn up and thrown away”. This outburst changed the whole situation with Congress ministers and spokespersons shamelessly made a complete U-turn saying what “Rahulji said was the party line”, thus undermining the office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet system of governance.
It is hardly necessary to point out that both the mother and the son and their advisors, who had felt the pulse of President Mukherjee, decided to ditch the Prime Minister and undermine his Cabinet in a desperate bid to save the Congress from further embarrassment. Political expediency compelled the mother-son team, who symbolise the corruption and evil of the regime, to dump their most dependable ally, Lalu Yadav, and cultivate the rank-opportunist Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, and project themselves as crusaders against corruption.

If Digvijay Singh has the courage of conviction, he should name those who conspired against the RJD chief. But he will not do that because he knows well that the conspiracy against Manmohan Singh and his government and Lalu Prasad Yadav was hatched at the official residences of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. Of course, to say all this is not to suggest that Lalu Yadav is innocent. He is not. He, like most of those who control the Congress and the UPA Government, is corrupt to the core.

S. Kalyanaraman




Modi storm in Delhi, tremors in the country

Modi blows Ananta Vijaya

By Sandhya Jain on September 29, 2013
Modi blows Ananta Vijaya
Narendra Modi today blew the Ananta Vijaya, conch shell of Prince Yudhisthira, to announce his march on Delhi as future ruler, though he promised, with Caesar-like modesty, that he would not be king (main nath nahin hoon, das hoon). Castigating the Prime Minister for weakness in projecting India’s power and dignity abroad, the Congress’ anointed heir for upstart behaviour vis-á-vis the Head of Government, and Indian journalists for pusillanimity before the Pakistan Prime Minister whilst part of the Prime Ministerial delegation to New York, the Gujarat Chief Minister made it clear that nationalism would be non-negotiable under his reign.
At a mammoth, five plus lakh strong, rally organised by the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party to launch the party’s campaign for the Assembly election in November, Modi mostly skirted Delhi-centric issues and reserved his fire for the Gandhi family and the political culture it represents. He displayed canny constitutional propriety by supporting the beleaguered Prime Minister against attacks on his person and office, while berating him for weakness.
The Prime Minister recently met the US President in Washington, but instead of showcasing India as a youthful nation and ancient civilisation, he told Barack Obama that India is a poor country. He sounded like film-makers who market India’s poverty abroad and collect awards. Was the Prime Minister talking about poverty which Rahul Gandhi called a “state of mind” or the real poverty of our back lanes, Modi asked.
Claiming the nation fears the outcome of Manmohan Singh’s meeting with the Pakistan Prime Minister, Modi said he was hurt when Nawaz Sharif called Indian and Pakistani journalists for breakfast and called the Indian Prime Minister a “dehati aurat” (village woman) for complaining about terrorism from Pakistani soil (which on September 26 took 12 Indian lives in two incidents at Kathua and Samba in Jammu & Kashmir). India, he thundered, will not tolerate this insult to the nation and the Prime Minister, “whatever our internal differences may be”. Nawaz Sharif could have the temerity to speak like this about Manmohan Singh, who is senior to him even in age, because the Congress vice-president has, in village parlance, “Pradhan Mantri ki pagdi uchaal di hai” (insulted him) and that is a sin (paap).
Modi challenged Indian mediapersons present to explain why they did not walk out when the Prime Minister was thus insulted. A possible reason could be that the Indian media, which the Vajpayee Government hosted at Agra, snuggled up to then President Parvez Musharraf when he made equally outrageous comments about Jammu & Kashmir. Modi has signalled an end to tolerance of such malfeasance by the media.
The BJP’s prime ministerial hopeful said the Indian people sincerely hope Manmohan Singh will show Nawaz Sharif his place and ask when Pakistan-occupied Kashmir will be returned to India, talk about terrorism and the constant killing of our jawans, and particularly try to bring back the severed head of our jawan whose mother and widow are still weeping.
The great dilemma before the nation today is between parivar shahi and lok shahi; the battle is to decide if India will run according to the Constitution (samvidhan) or the whim of the shehzade (Rahul Gandhi). Can the UPA allies answer this question – whom would they like to work under? Modi reminded his audience that when the Supreme Court decision on debarring convicted leaders came, the BJP supported it and made its stand clear at the all party meeting and in the meeting with the President. Disapproving of the manner in which Rahul Gandhi junked his own party-led Government’s Ordinance to save convicted legislators, the Gujarat strongman said that in both the Delhi and the 2014 general elections, it was time to get rid of the Dirty Team and bring in the Dream Team.
If one were to search for the signature theme of Narendra Modi’s Operation Red Fort, it would be “mujhe vishwas hai” (I have confidence), a far cry from the inane mumblings of a leader who thought India was nothing and had to be made something — “humme Bharat ko banana hai” (we have to make India this or that). In less than a decade, he pointed out, India will celebrate 75 years of freedom (Amrut Mahotsav) and we must decide what heights we want to scale by then. The UPA, he charged, has no vision at all, and every successive Budget has hovered around sensex up or down, income tax up or down, import relief, with no grand picture.
Armed as always with statistics to prove his points, Modi said the UPA brags only about achievements made by State Governments, but its own performance is dismal. The Railways in 1980 had 61,000 km tracks and 31 years later only 3,000 km of lines have been added, whereas China in the same period added 11,000 km of railway tracks from a baseline 50,000 km and their speed and quality equals Japan.
The UPA in an affidavit before the Supreme Court admitted that the NDA in six years added 24,000 km of roads to the national highways but UPA in nine years has added only 16000 km. The Aviation sector in the past seven years has seen unprecedented corruption, losses of Rs 53,000 crore and a debt of Rs 1 lakh crore; but it gave a package of Rs 30,000 crore to the private airlines. Delhi is starved for power and stations that can generate 20,000 MW are ready but non-functional because the regime has failed to allot gas and coal and set up transmission lines, because without money no file is signed.
Striking a personal note, Narendra Modi said it is India’s greatness that a boy who used to sell tea in train cabins to make ends meet has today been elevated by the people to this stage. As the crowds went hysterical, he said, “I never dreamt to be a ruler, I am a sevak”. He exhorted them to “see my past and see my work” and “trust my promise that neither Narendra Modi nor the BJP will ever destroy your trust, let you down; we will live for your dreams, that is our mission”.

He lambasted the dysfunctional regimes in Delhi where the Chief Minister accepts no responsibility for anything that goes wrong, including the safety of young girls, and New Delhi which is paralysed between the Government and the Mother-Son rule. The UPA is drowning in corruption, but remains addicted to “Gandhi-chaap”, the high denomination notes which are being collected in the tonnes. The nation, he concluded, is yearning for Su-raaj, good governance.


S. Kalyanaraman