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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