Indian Democracy – is it shining or is it a sham?
Our politics is going berserk. Just because the bomb blasts in Ahmedabad and Bangalore took the news off the cashgate scandal (where three BJP MPs alleged in the Lok Sabha that they got Rs three crore each for abstaining in Tuesday’s trust vote on the Nuclear Deal) BJP MP Sushma Swaraj implied that the Congress had set off the bomb blasts (!). She did say yesterday that it was her “personal view’ and not that of the BJP but I wonder how many are buying it.
Why make all this fuss over cashgate anyway when the BJP (and the public) know that all political parties have MP’s who willingly sell their trust? The drama over cashgate was some sort of a face-saving measure for the BJP when they knew they were in for a defeat…no, not face-saving measure. I should say therapy session. Their therapy was interrupted by the bomb blasts and the naton’s attention “diverted”. If the media wasn’t reporting it how would the BJP feel vindicated?
More than Cashgate, it’s the other deals that I find more revolting.
Here are few which are an open secret:
- Shibu Soren promised the coal ministry by the UPA government in return for his vote (and that of several of his MP’s). Soren was once accused of murder and is at present charged of inciting arson and violence…
But wait, why are we haranguing the Congress here? After all, a senior BJP leader flew to Kolkata to meet with Soren and offered him the Jharkhand chief minister’s post if he ditched the UPA!
- The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mayawati, was in shock when the cases against her (in which she has been accused of corruption) came miraculously alive just before the Trust Vote…rumours flew thick that it was the deal that her rival Mulayam Singh Yadav had clinched with the Congress in return for his trust. If Mayawati accused the government of going soft on Mulayam in similar cases, she is right on target isn’t she!
- Mayawati, with the backing of the BJP and the “principled” Communist party used the communal card in Uttar Pradesh (she called the nuclear deal anti-Muslim). And (again with the backing of parties mentioned above) she was also ready to “offer tickets for the next Lok Sabha elections” to encourage defectors from the UPA.
If you don’t think this is more disgusting than Cashgate, then read more:
- In UP’s Nani central jail, expelled SP MP Atiq Ahmed was approached by Mulayam Singh’s emissaries “to ensure that he did not walk over to the BSP” and vote against the UPA.
- On the other hand, In UP’s Fatehpur jail, expelled BSP MP Umakant Yadav was visited by a senior BSP leader and UP Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui and promised that cases against him will be withdrawn if he voted against the UPA!
- Three MP’s – Rajesh Ranjan (alias Pappu Yadav) the RJD MP from Madhepura, Mohammed Shahabuddin, MP from Siwan and Suraj Bhan, a Lok Jan Shakti Party MP from Ballia all got bail so they could participate in the trust vote…pro UPA.
- The UPA government renamed Lucknow airport after former Prime Minister the late Chaudhary Charan Singh at the behest of Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh from Rashtriya Lok Dal who had some votes he could offer to the UPA.
- One more. DMK was promised Ram Sethu. DMK wants to build a shipping canal (and it might destroy the bridge formation that is considered holy by Hindus) but the government has been dragging its feet due to fear that the Hindu majority will revolt. But as DMK supported the Congress on the vote, is it a cooicidence that the Ram Sethu issue has come alive again? Thankfully though the Central government is doing it with greater sensitivity than it had before. The government has now acknowledged the existence of Ram (in an affadavit they had denied Ram’s existence), a God that millions of Hindus believe in and are also considering alternative routes.
And naturally all of us in India are castigating ourselves because of all this wheeling and dealing by our politiicians where even criminals have been wooed …but wait a minute…there are people who feel that Indian democracy has in fact triumphed. Hear this:
Scenes of currency bundles brandished in India’s parliament Tuesday might well go down as a dark chapter in the institution’s history but here in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) the very process of the trust vote is being hailed as a sheer beauty of democracy.
Well, come to think of it, we do have something to be proud of. Everyone made his own decision, there were rebels and there were followers. There were honest politicians and dirty ones. But finally whatever their motive, all of them voted. Cheers to that.
(Photograph is from Zee News)
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