Two facts of Indian politics:
Fact 1. All politicians are corrupt.
Fact 2. If you think some of them are not corrupt, see Fact 1.
By Rakesh Raman
Corruption is so rampant in every street of India that it has become a non-issue. It is particularly important for chief ministers and other top ministers to be corrupt in order to survive in politics.
Case in point: Chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal. The leader of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Kejriwal was seen accepting corruption money worth Rs. 2 crore (20 million), as an ousted minister has alleged.
The opposition party Congress, which is already dead in the political arena, said today that it is witnessing the unravelling of AAP and its rhetoric of fighting corruption.
As per the revelations by a former Minister Kapil Mishra of the Delhi Government, Kejriwal was handed Rs. 2 crore by state health minister Satyendar Jain.
Mishra also alleged that Jain had told him of a “Rs 50 crore land deal” which the latter had settled for a relative of Kejriwal.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and attacked AAP’s hypocrisy on corruption: “The thing I like about the truth is, it has a habit of coming out.”
Meanwhile, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Ajay Maken – who is responsible for the Congress debacle in Delhi, said that the charges made by Mishra were tantamount to a witness testimony of a sitting minister in the government and not just an allegation. The chief minister should step down immediately, Maken demanded.
The fact is, Congress said, AAP is nothing more than the B-team of the BJP. The charges made by the recent Shunglu Committee report have been forgotten or indeed forsaken. The BJP government has not lodged even a single FIR against AAP on the various charges of illegal allotment of land, nepotism, and their unauthorised foreign trips, Congress said.
“To expect the Narendra Modi government to take action would be a stretch, because the Prime Minister himself is embroiled in numerous scams and bribery allegations in the Sahara-Birla Diary Case. The BJP will not investigate these allegations against Kejriwal because they would then be under pressure to investigate the Prime Minister as well,” Congress party stated.
Delhi CM Shri Kejriwal has no moral right to continue as CM in the wake of the allegations levelled against him. He should step down. pic.twitter.com/ApRRoEmCmb
— INC India (@INCIndia) May 8, 2017
According to Congress, a nexus has been built in New Delhi, to the benefit of Kejriwal and Modi, and the common people are suffering.
Like Congress, BJP is also demanding Kejriwal’s resignation. But in India no corrupt politician resigns. So, Kejriwal will also follow the tradition and will keep clinging to his chair.
By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist. He had also been associated with the United Nations (UN) through United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as a digital media expert to help businesses use technology for brand marketing and business development.