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The sudden call by PM Modi in the midst of election campaign to rake up corruption issue through #Chowkidar campaign has brought the fight against corruption to the front burner

The sudden call by PM Modi in midst of the election campaign raking the corruption issue through #Chowkidar has once again brought the fight against corruption to the forefront
The sudden call by PM Modi in midst of the election campaign raking the corruption issue through #Chowkidar has once again brought the fight against corruption to the forefront

With the #Chowkidar campaign, has Modi turned the tables?

Corruption is in the forefront once again as the elections are coming closer. The #Chowkidar campaign launched by PM Modi is gathering steam. The issue of corruption which was sidelined in-between during the last 5 years is back in limelight to checkmate Congress opposition and is seen as an election-winning plank.

The accused are using all possible means to delay the process. Not a single VVIP in the past 5 yrs have been put behind bars on charges of corruption.

There is a saying in English, “Better late than never” which can be translated in Hindi as
“देर आये दुरुस्त आये” which means आखिरी क्षणों में सही मार्ग पर आना, which roughly means, ‘arrive on the right track after expected time than not arrive at all.’

The 2014 election was won on a tripod combination of Fight against corruption, Hindutva, and Vikas – Development + Governance as its core agenda. The major contributor for BJP-led NDA victory then was the corruption of Congress-led UPA regime and the alleged scams during their tenure. Dr Swamy single-handedly played a crucial role in exposing the corruption of the previous Govt., it’s ministers and the Gandhi family. Shri Narendra Modi proved himself as a decisive leader and took the party to electoral victory.

There is an old track record of many previous governments that even after a very good performance, the govt was voted out of power. Elections are fought and won on a combination of multiple factors and in India corruption issue always determines the majority of the votes.

The Modi Govt. was slow on the fight against corruption. In the last 5 years, many cases got diluted, leading to acquittal of eg the famous 2G scam. The slow pace in which the investigation progressed in other high profile cases is a classic example of how corruption cases were internally sabotaged. Judiciary too is dragging on at a very slow pace as per our prevailing system. The accused are using all possible means to delay the process. Not a single VVIP in the past 5 yrs have been put behind bars on charges of corruption.

The indecisiveness to fight corruption in the last 5 years has presented Modi govt in poor light. Strong will and determination are missing in tackling many of the high profile corruption cases. There are numerous instances where Dr. Swamy had to write letters and reminders to PM Modi for a course correction. In a few cases, the responses were positive and once again the matters were on track. Much more is desired to be done on the fight against corruption.

The sudden call by PM Modi in the midst of the election campaign raking the corruption issue through #Chowkidar has once again brought the fight against corruption to the forefront of election plank.

Dr. Swamy has always been a crusader against corruption and it behooves PM Modi to enlist his services in the upcoming elections so he can get re-elected with a comfortable majority. Stability and drive against corruption is the need of the hour.

Note:
1. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of PGurus.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Subramanian Swamy is an anti-corruption crusader without parallel. His single-mindedness in pursuing of cases against Gandhi family and Chidambaram and son is finally reaping dividend for the BJP. He has not been given his due by our PM Narendra Modi. If he is made Finance Minister in the next Government, India would surely be on fast forward way to development. Arun Jaitley is a good man but an incompetent FM. This job must be given to Swamy. He will surely do an excellent job. I request our PM to appoint him as FM

  2. OMJI. Corruption was there before, is there now and will be there later. But if you look at the scale of it in BJP and Congi ruled states with out bias one thing is crystal clear, that is one is a minuscule and the other is gigantic mountainous proportions deep rooted.
    PM and many are not sitting quiet in terms of eradication only due to legal hurdles and lethargy and also Media subjugation , protection of the corrupts in every stage. No body is questioning them. why ?? This should be the big issue.

  3. It’s a joke that the Modi government has suddenly woken up to corruption of the Congress leaders after 5 long years. They fought the 2014 election on the same plank but once the elections were over, the black money stashed overseas continues to remain there and all the Congress leaders are roaming outside Scott free. BJP government did everything to protect the likes of PC and his family. Dr.Swamy should be given 100% credit for NH and BJP has nothing to do with it. If the opposition would have been even slightly better, I would ditch the BJP in 2019 only because of this reason. Now come the election time they are talking about corruption! I don’t think people are fools

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