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Arindam Chaudhuri Analyses Why BJP should not and cannot afford to giveup the demand for a JPC Probe
  Rs. 1,76,000 crores and counting! The scam is the biggest in the country ever ± orrather, the sum total of all the other scams (that have been exposed) put together,multiplied by two and more! If not a joint parliamentary committee probe now, thenwhen? A great democracy is one with a thriving opposition. After the last elections, I hadraised a question. Is this the end of the road for the BJP for long? It looked so. BJP wasstuck on its Hindutva mantra, while the Congress promised youth, which lookedprogressive and could connect with the masses better! After all, the Hindus themselvesare so coexistential that they don¶t like any communal stress in their lives. But then,complacency is the mother of all failures. And failure is the mother of all successes!Congress did two big blunders. Firstly, in a haste to promote Rahul Gandhi as its futureleader ± and in its fear that charismatic speakers like Jyotiradiya or Sachin Pilot orMilind Deora may overshadow the son ± the Congress started destroying its biggesttrump card, the youth factor, which had made it look so bright. The Congress saw to itthat none of them had the courage to hog any limelight or be in any platform of importance; so much so that the public has virtually forgotten Congress¶ youth brigade.And the truth is whatever the slavish media in India writes (it praises every rare semi-meaningful word that Rahul says as if it¶s straight from Julius Ceaser). Rahul Gandhi,unfortunately, is still not good enough to single-handedly lead the Congress yet. Likethey have done with Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Congress could have made best use of Rahul as the silent guy, while the other better speakers managed the party. The second mistake is perhaps bigger and more dangerous. Protecting a dynasty may ruin a party but abetting corruption ruins the nation. The Congress ruined its PrimeMinister Dr. Manmohan Singh¶s personal image of crystal clear integrity by enteringinto a series of mega scams. A majority of population in India, being illiterate, doesn¶t
understand policies much; but they understand µchori¶. I believe a conspiracy by V. P.Singh created a wave in India which made him the Prime Minister from a nobody,thanks only to an allegation of corruption that he could make the public believe in. Rajiv was a man of definite personal integrity and was highly progressive and had started ananti-corruption drive in India against Indian businessmen. V.P. Singh was a friend of the industry, being a past commerce minister, and catching the moment, he made theBofors allegation. Rajiv ± a man of great progressive thoughts, great charisma and aGandhi who had earlier swept the elections on a massive sympathy wave ± lost theelections. I would say for no reason but a wave around corruption that the masses werefalsely made to believe. Rajiv Gandhi, I believe, was personally not corrupt (for party funds, even the most honest politician depends on sources; and Rajiv might havedepended on a single alternative instead of a number of Indian businessmen). But can Isay the same about the current Congress? Well, only a joker can. Everyone else knowswhat¶s happening in the Congress. Yes, there is a Manmohan Singh who is clean. But hesits atop a pile of corrupt people. CWG, Adarsh, 2G, it goes on... personal wealthcreation at its best; and wealth being stacked offshore. The Supreme Court rightly asked,was the Prime Minister sleeping? Being personally clean as a leader is only half the jobdone. You have to make a system that cleans up the whole system. And in this failure of Congress to provide clean governance, comes the hope for BJP andNDA for 2014. Forget Hindutva; concentrate on the massive dacoity of India. In every sphere. The masses understand it and they are totally convinced today that the UPA hasstarted rotting inside out. There seems to be a sudden wave in the Congress on why should Mukesh Ambani remain the only one with 3 lac crore rupees. Gone are the daysof the µhundred crore¶ ministers. If figures are to be believed, today the key ministers areraking in thousands of crores. The country is being looted and sold off to the highestbidder... Oops, I got it wrong here ± the lowest bidder, to be precise, who gives thehighest kickback. There is absolutely no reason for anyone to accept and tolerate this.And this is where the need of opposition in a democracy comes in. The BJP needs tokeep up its demand for a JPC probe. Take to the streets but the JPC is a must. And theprobe must be totally transparent with complete media access during hearings. That¶sthe way it happened in Watergate, the Iran Contra, the Clinton case. That¶s how ithappens in real democracies. With the Assange case, it¶s clear that America is unfairly 
using ownership of web domains ± controlled by America ± to close down variouswebsites in order to hound and shut off WikiLeaks. India could lead the way in showingwhat a democracy is about for a change. The JPC is also the only way everyone can be brought to the questioning table. Every other agency can be manipulated and managed in this country by the party in power. AsI wrote in my previous editorial on the Radia tapes, the Indian media is right now toobusy doing what it does best: go behind glamourised cases and magnify them to grabeyeballs and totally mislead and misinform the public. The part which was leaked tillthen proved nothing. There are lobbyists everywhere. The real issue here is that thegovernment is caught in a web of corruption ± perhaps facilitated by a lobbyist. Here weare talking about the issue of Rs.1,76,000 crores; and there we are speaking of a few stories that were being attempted to be planted here and there... What a mind blowingdiversion from the real issue. It¶s hilarious the way the media is happily going on and onbashing individual journalists (glamourous, easy preys and perfect vent for pent upjealousies), who cannot hit back, instead of hitting out at the real people who are behindthis scam. What the opposition and media need to do right now is demand for the JPCprobe, for that¶s what the Indian masses need and want. Of course, a few weeks back, Imyself wrote that our Parliamentarians have no right to waste the taxpayers¶ money dueto non-functioning of the Parliament. But as the magnitude of the scam gets unearthed,it¶s clear that there¶s more of tax payers¶ money at stake in the scam than in the non-functioning of the Parliament. The masses, the tax payers, they have a right to a cleanregime and the opposition must help them get their rights. That¶s what makes afunctional propeople democracy. And why not? After all, this perhaps is the sure-shotroute for the NDA to be back in power in 2014 ± as I said, nothing works with the aamjunta better than the corruption plank. Let¶s get in a little bit of analytics here. There are two ways in which Congress can hopethat UPA comes to power in 2014 with Rahul Gandhi as PM: first, it takes the ekla chaloroute and either gets 272 seats or gets very close to it. The second is through allies. Theekla chalo route looked very promising in 2009 when the Congress won 22 Lok Sabhaseats in UP. But that magic figure of 272 now looks unattainable. Look at some numbersfirst. The Congress has 7 out of 7 seats in Delhi, 9 out of 10 in Haryana, 5 out of 5 in

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