It's a stunning post-mortem by UPA on CVC judgement by the Supreme Court. "The system has failed ..." says Law Minister V Moily. It will leave most vociferous campiagners of Congress at a loss.
The corruption bug is catching it yet again in many forms. Over a decade back, when Harshad Mehta scam broke, the illustrious Dr Manmohan Singh, who was then the Finance Minister under P V Narasimha Rao, had also made a similar statement and attributed the scandal to system's failure.
The rest is history.
This also prompts me to refer from my latest book,
'Ayodhya: Battle for Peace' (Har-Anand publication).
"The Congress leadership is in selective amnesia that these vices had brought it down in late eighties and nineties. In 1980 and 1984-85, the election results themselves did herald an era of one-party and more particularly one-leader dominance across the country. That complete sway had vanished in nineties when regional parties and regional satraps within Congress sought to challenge the monopolistic polity of the Congress party. It was also the time, regional parties grew and so did BJP banking on their plank of providing credible and viable governance. But Congress is yet again back to the same syndrome in several ways."
The 2G scam has hit its credibility worst. There can be no saving grace that A Raja has been jailed. Now, the bug would catch up with Congress leader Suresh Kalmadi, who has been time and again taking the plea that he should not be singled out in the entire l... exercise!
The CAG report on the issue tabled in Parliament said, 85 of 122 applicants licences were ineligible but still were given by A Raja. The CAG also pegged the loss at Rs 1,76,000 crore.
On November 16, 2010 itself, the Supreme Court posed a question for the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh why he delayed in giving sanction for prosecuting Raja for his alleged involvement in Rs 1,70,000 crore 2G Spectrum scam. "For good governance, there must be some time-limit for granting sanctions, if not three months. But 11 months is too long," said the Supreme Court.
Now, Congress leader Satyavrat Chaturvedi has said the Supreme Court ruling on CVC is no embarrassment for the Prime Minister. "We will judge the judgement," he said tongue-in-cheek.
Well, Chaturvedi would be in microspic minority in this country on this day, March the third of circa 2011. So is illsurtious and learned Kapil Sibal, who says 2G scam had not resulted in any loss of revenue for the government.
We hardly need, Comedy Circus in television channels.
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