The Modi government suffers from the 95 percent syndrome. It is an affliction when the government has done 95% of the work but fails to cross the finish line. In some cases, this number can go as high as 99% but still, the finish line is never crossed.
Modi is working hard, but is he working smart?
Look back in time – The first DMK CM dies
C N Annadurai passed away of heart complications in 1969, after being the Chief Minister (CM) for two years. It was a crucial time in DMK politics – the Numero Duo (#2) in the party then was Prof. V K Neduncheziyan, but Muthuvel Karunanidhi pipped him to the top spot by delivering a speech in which every line ended with the word மூன்றெழுத்து (three letters). DMK is three letters, Anna (in Tamil) is three letters… you get the idea. No one knows if this speech was delivered extempore or carefully choreographed – it, along with the support of M G Ramachandran secured him the Chief Ministership. If this Modi government does not come back to power in 2019, they risk being dubbed the 95 percenters who failed to convert anything to 100%, because every effort of theirs in booking the high and mighty of corruption is ending at 95 percent.
Three things that propelled NDA to power in 2014
It was Brand Modi, Hindutva and Anti-Corruption that propelled this government to power in 2014. The mandate was decisive – the BJP alone got 282 seats – enough for it to go it alone. Modi is working hard, but is he working smart?
On Hindutva, the government has fallen short. It was expected that Modi would either abolish Right To Education (RTE) Act or make it compulsory for all religious educational institutions but he did neither and this is a sore sticking point for the populace. The majority community continues to bear the brunt of assaults and the perception is that Modi is ignoring his core supporters for the most part. As for going after the corrupt…
Why do the corrupt roam free?
In the first 90 days, he should have gone after all the corrupt VVIPs of the previous regime (as the 93-year old Mahathir Mohammed did in Malaysia) and put them behind bars. Most crimes committed were Black and White and yet the Modi government has prevaricated, building charge sheets but never arresting any of them. And most of the grunt work has been done by an individual Dr. Subramanian Swamy, not the government. He peeled the banana and gave it and instead of eating it, Modi and his reluctant cabinet have not shown the political will to throw the book at the offenders. Why this 95 percent closure?
When Dr. Swamy called a Press Conference in November 2015, to disclose the company filings in United Kingdom’s Company House about his company BackOps, in which as the Company Secretary Rahul Gandhi had signed that he was a British citizen, the whole country was stunned! Dr. Swamy further filed a complaint with the Speaker of Lok Sabha on November 22, 2015, asking that Rahul be disqualified from the membership of Lok Sabha. This is a Black and White case! Why isn’t the Ethics Committee disbarring him?
When Chidambaram was caught with a classified Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report meant for submission to the Supreme Court, all the CBI did was to institute an internal inquiry into how this happened. But instead of giving the upstanding CBI Director a free rein to get to the bottom of the leak and punish the officers, Modi’s government did a wholesale transfer of several officers, many of whom were alleged to be investigating VVIP scams. Does this not violate the Official Secrets Act? Should PC not be taken into custodial interrogation and questioned as to how he came to be in possession of this top secret document? If the government was not serious about going after the corrupt, then why make a speech day-in and day-out, saying Na Khaunga Na Khane doonga? Now the Finance Ministry is dragging its feet on granting Sanction for Prosecution for 4 bureaucrats in the Aircel-Maxis scam for 100 days. Even the corrupt UPA government gave sanction within 24 hours!
On February 2nd, 2012, the Supreme Court cancels all the 122 licenses given by the UPA government by the then Communications Minister, A Raja. Furthermore, it appoints a 2G Special Court to go into the specific charges against each and every individual who was involved in this scam. The appointed judge, O P Saini, was first tasked to find out if Chidambaram needed to be charged as part of the scam, as alleged by Dr. Swamy. Two days later, on 4th, Saini dismissed Swamy’s petition on a flimsy condition that Swamy could not provide proof, though he (Saini) is convinced that Chidambaram and Raja jointly took the controversial decision!
5 years later, on December 21, 2017, Saini acquitted everyone, stating that the prosecution has failed to prove any charge against any of the accused, made in its well choreographed charge sheet. It is still a surprise as to how this trial court judge did not take into account the Supreme Court order on the cancellation of licenses and ignored the valid bank transfer of Rs.200 crores to Kanimozhi’s Kalaignar TV. Somehow, Judge Saini, who framed the charges against Raja and put him in prison for more than 20 months, all of sudden, in a bad judgment, says that he could not find any proof and that Raja’s decisions were in the “interests of a business” and not criminal in nature! Now the case is in the Delhi High Court but the delays continue to happen. This one must really hurt! After getting 99% right, the government stumbled at the final step.
In case the reader thinks that I am belaboring a point, it is not so. I merely see a pattern where the government looks like it is closing in, only to let it slip away. The cartoon that appeared in PGurus says it all –
Mr. Modi, if all these exercises are mere facades, please stop talking about corruption in your meetings. Reports from the hinterland describe voters’ dissatisfaction on not getting Rs.15 lakhs into their account, jhumla or not.
 Dr. Swamy’s Press Conference on Nov 21, 2015 in Mumbai on Rahul Gandhi’s British citizenship – Nov 15, 2015, YouTube
 Aircel-maxis deal: Classified scam report seized from PC home – Feb 8, 2018, The Pioneer
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