Is Arvind Kejriwal a Corrupt Politician?

BJP is holding a demonstration to highlight the corruption in Delhi Government.
BJP is holding a demonstration to highlight the corruption in Delhi Government.

The Delhi unit of BJP is holding a demonstration to highlight the corruption in Delhi Government headed by Arvind Kejriwal.

By Rakesh Raman

It goes without saying that politicians in India are supposed to be corrupt. If you are not corrupt, you cannot be a successful politician. As chief minister of Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal is a successful politician.

But is he corrupt? Opposition party BJP alleges so and Kejriwal admits. After a string of apologies for his corrupt behaviour, Kejriwal has admitted that he is at least a morally corrupt man who can stoop down to any level to get undue political advantage.

Now Kejriwal and AAP are in the eye of the storm for a massive scam in Delhi Government. The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India – the top auditor of government accounts – has reported financial misappropriation worth crores of rupees including a multi-crore rupees ration scam in Delhi.

[ दिल्ली के स्कूलों में शिक्षा का गिरता हुआ स्तर और उसमें सुधार का प्रयास ]

The Delhi unit of BJP has claimed that Kejriwal’s Food and Civil Supplies Minister Imran Hussain and another minister Satyendra Jain who is already facing corruption inquiries are behind this ration scam of a whopping Rs. 5,400 crore.

However, Kejriwal has blamed Delhi Lt. Governor (LG) Anil Baijal for the lapses. “This is what LG trying to protect when he rejects doorstep delivery of ration. Entire ration system is in the grip of mafia protected by political masters,” Kejriwal said Tuesday.

Recently, AAP had said that Baijal is obstructing Delhi Government’s decision of delivering household items at consumers’ homes. It also said that the LG has stopped the use of e-POS machines in ration shops.

However, it is observed that Kejriwal had floated a crude doorstep ration delivery model a couple of months ago just to cover up the ongoing corruption in his government.

In a rhetorical statement Kejriwal also added that exemplary action will be taken against the guilty in each case of corruption or irregularity pointed out by CAG. “No one will be spared,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi unit of BJP is holding a demonstration to highlight the corruption in Delhi Government. BJP claims that Kejriwal government is responsible for issuing 400,000 fake ration cards which is one of the reasons for the enormous ration scam in Delhi.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society.

Photo courtesy: BJP

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