Hats Off To Dr. Swamy

By exposing the foreign bank accounts of Karti Chidambaram, Swamy has once again shined a spotlight on MoF's inaction

By exposing the foreign bank accounts of Karti Chidambaram, Swamy has once again shined a spotlight on MoF's inaction
By exposing the foreign bank accounts of Karti Chidambaram, Swamy has once again shined a spotlight on MoF's inaction

[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]D[/dropcap]r. Subramanian Swamy deserves a standing ovation from the nation for his bold frontal attacks on corruption. Whether it is the spectrum scam, Jayalalitha-Sasikala’s loot of Tamil Nadu, NDTV controversy or the rackets of Karti Chidambaram or the National Herald deal, it was Swamy who exposed all of them fearlessly.

Jaitley is clearly letting down the Prime Minister (PM), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the nation by not giving the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other central agencies a freehand to arrest mega scamsters.

Today’s press conference in New Delhi in which he gave details of Karti Chidambaram’s 21 illegal bank accounts was explosive.

Because of party discipline he couldn’t directly mention Finance Minister (FM) Arun Jaitley’s abject failure to get the Enforcement Directorate to arrest Karthi Chidambaram. Jaitley is clearly letting down the Prime Minister (PM), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the nation by not giving the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and other central agencies a freehand to arrest mega scamsters. He is making Modi’s promise of combating corruption sound hollow. Apart from this, all the indexes of economic activity are showing a downward trend. Manufacturing has slowed down to worrisome levels, exports are on the decline for the third consecutive year, demand for power is declining, PSU banks’ Non-Performing Assets (NPA’s) have doubled and as for ease of doing business less said the better. The increase in service tax and repeated rise in petrol and diesel prices when global crude prices were on the downslide only heaped huge burdens on the business community and the common man.

This naturally raises the question as to why Modi is mum? Dr. Swamy has given a mass of evidence. What is preventing him from cracking down on mega corruption? His reluctance to act is reinforcing the perception that he lacks the daring to take on his own FM.

Modi should realise that in 2014 he received a resounding mandate to clampdown on corruption. Lakhs of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and BJP cadres slogged day and night to make him the PM in the hope that he would crack the whip on corruption. Demonitisation , though well-intentioned, was a failure with corrupt bank officials making a perfect nonsense of the scheme. Black money only became pink. Modi’s decision to confer the Padma Bhushan award, the second highest civilian honour, has conveyed its own message as to the political culture intimating this govt. Any further silence on Modi’s part vis-a-vis Dr Swamy’s latest exposure will only expose him. Modi and Dr Swamy have one shared characteristic which is personal integrity and that is all the more the reason why the PM should move swiftly against Karti.

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S Balakrishnan

S Balakrishnan

Advocate and Senior Journalist who was formerly City Editor & Chief of Bureau of The Times of India, Mumbai. He has also served in the MumbaiMunicipal Council.
S Balakrishnan

11 COMMENTS

  1. Jaitley is not indispensable. Besides he may also have such assets and a corrupt past. Modi must act ASAP. Otherwise people will think he is shielding them.

  2. Please, translate this article in Tamil and let the Tamil Nadu people know the great work Dr. Swamy. Recently, his name was tarnished due his unwarranted remark made against the people of Tamil Nadu.

      • The Jallikattu violence was by the Islamic Terror Wing supported by ISI and Pakistan is called PORKIStan in North and that’s what Swami mentioned as PORKIS in violence

  3. Needle of suspicion always points to A.Jaitly. From day one he is the hindering block on the war of corruption. Being a lutyen Delhiite for long, he has all the qualities of a power broker,doing or undoing policies of the govt. Pity that Modi,a stranger to the ways Delhi works fell prey to the machinisations of the power brokers,in this case Jaitly. The debacle on the demonetization, subsequent currency shortage,was too a well thought out conspiracy to embarrass Modi, and pity,Modi has failed to nail the mole planted under his nose.The sooner Modi gets rid of this man from the cabinet,the better it would be, as 2019 is not very far off. Alternately,if doesn’t want embarrass the party,he must crack the whip now,ask Fin.Ministry to go after all the crooks,who dodge the law and nation and serve notice to all key ministries not to spare the power brokers who still vield power to sabotage Modi’s agenda of corruption free India.Will he do it?

  4. Most respected Prime Minister,
    Unless you act now, the whole matter will be lost,and the money will also vanish in thin air.Your fim actions now will show you in the highest traditions as the Lion of Gujarat. Please do not let us down now that you have all the evidence required.
    Regards.
    Ganesh.
    PGurus, please can you forward this mai to the Hon PM ?Or any body else for that matter whose mail will be seen by the PM.

  5. Why everyone is bashing BJP…First ask why congress in silent on Chidamabaram issue…Why congress in not stalling parliament for chidambaram issue.. In congress hiding something..Where in Rahul baba who discusses every topic under sun and why not talk about chidamabaram

    Regards
    N Thangadurai

  6. Modi is raising question on account of the return of black money, he promised before election.
    Demonetization has flopped due to the corrupt bankers, also, Mally’s loan sanction.
    Credibility of bankers are on question.

  7. This naturally raises the question as to why Modi is mum?
    Answer is simple.This guy is no zealot against corruption.He has understood fully well that if gives off an image of being uncorrupt,honest people will flock to him and he will do well in politics.His is a version 2 of the same farce MMS followed as Version 1.0.If DrSwamy succeeds in his NH case, modi’s bluff will be called.People are unnecessarily calling names of jaitley.a footman to his master, a bjp version of amar singh.

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