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Modi led BJP Government: From Acche Din to Acche Scams

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By Rukma Singh

Seems like BJP’s never ending claims of ‘Acche Din’ and regular attempts at ensuring cleanliness through the ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan’ don’t necessarily ensure that the ‘secret’ scams and controversies stay under wraps.

With regular scrutiny of the media and opposition parties, which are ready to pounce on at every little opportunity they get, the BJP government hasn’t come out clean in its first year of ‘good governance.’

NewsGram brings to you the most prominent scams and controversies that have occurred in the past one year of ‘acche din.’

NULM Scam

In the last financial year, Centre had granted Rs. 1,078 crore to the states for constructing housing facilities for over 9 lakh urban homeless people, under the  National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM).

However, only 208 houses were built across the country. While around 10 lakh urban people continue to live on roads, footpaths and under flyovers, the NDA government’s response is highly awaited.

Vyapam Scam

Vyapam scam was a massive admission and recruitment scam involving politicians, senior officials and businessmen.

Indore Bench of MP High Court served notices to Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB) and Medical Council of India (MCI) following a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by parents of some students after reports that more than 300 ineligible candidates managed to get into the merit list.

As per some reports, it is one of  the biggest scandals to rock Madhya Pradesh. What followed the scandal was a series of mysterious deaths of around 44 people.

Officials investigating the matter claimed that those arrested took the name of people who were already dead, a method used by organized crime syndicates to mislead the probe.

Modi Gate

The most recent controversy that has sparked numerous debates is the alleged help extended by Sushma Swaraj to Lalit Modi, in order to allow him to fly to London.

Congress and Aam Admi Party took this chance to rally and protest against BJP. They went on to demand Swaraj’s resignation from the party.

Within few days of the incident, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also got embroiled in the controversy with allegations of her having engaged in conversation with Modi to facilitate his travel.

Maharastra Scam

Pankaja Munde’s involvement:

What is said to be the first scam to have happened under the Devendra Fadnavis-led Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra, the opposition has accused state’s Women and Child Development Minister Pankaja Munde of irregularities in purchases for the Integrated Child Development Scheme, a supplementary nutrition scheme for vulnerable children and women.

Munde, daughter of former central Cabinet Minister Gopinath Munde, is accused of awarding contracts worth Rs 230-crore for snacks, dishes, water filters etc for ICDS child care centres, or anganwadis,  through 24 government resolutions on a single day on February 13. Moreover, the food given to the undernourished children was extremely low on quality.

Vinod Tawde’s involvement:

Education minister Vinod Tawde has become the second minister in the Maharashtra government to be accused of irregularities in awarding contracts, with authorities seeking a probe into allegations that his department finalised a Rs 191-crore contract without mandatory e-tendering.

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  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

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  • Arvind Kejriwal

    Completely baseless article just to defame Modi govt.

    1. NULM Scam: Work is under process, you just named it scam but there is nothing written about any kind of scam since work is under process.

    2. Vyapam Scam: it happened during 2005 -2011 ………… Modi was C.M not P.M

    3. Lalit Gate: It happened during Congress govt. Congress is completely responsible for it. BJP was not in govt who could allow him to flew away.

    4. Maharashtra Scam: Check the facts, Contract has been cancelled.

  • vinay

    Vyapam Scam chodke baki sab bakwas hai.

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME SURESH MAJHI Lucknow::::Sadly Yogi is More Busy in Harassing Brothers,, Uncles & Neighbours Through The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD,, when They go to Bring Home Their Sister or Niece,, & Modi is Busy Protecting Cow Through Equally Barbaric COW VIGILANT

  • BITING TRUTH

    ME RAMESH MAJHI Lucknow::::My Daughter DIPTI is 10yrs Class 6. My Friend & Front Door Neighbour Ghansyam Tiwari was Very good. He has No feeling as I am Fisherman Cast & He is Brahmin. He Loves My Daughter Very deeply, So Ghansyam often Hug DIPTI & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of DIPTI. My Daughter Also Loves Him Very deeply, The Son of Ghansyam GOURAV Also 10yrs Class 6 Same School is Very good. DIPTI-GOURAV Are Best Friends. Other Than Always Play Together,, Always Help each other in Studies,, DIPTI-GOURAV Hug each other & Kiss at the Cheek & Lips of each other. Before The Yogi govt came in UP,, & The Barbaric ROMEO SQUAD Start,, Ghansyam used to Take Both DIPTI & GOURAV on his Bike to School & Bring them Home. But Now We are Forced to rent School Van For DIPTI & GOURAV. Bringing extra Monetary Pressure For we Both Friends. I want to Ask,, Who will Give The Money YOGI,, MODI,, or AMIT SHAH or BJP?

    • KALYAN BANERJI

      RIGHT WHO WILL GIVE THE MONEY

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What Would Be The Outcome Of The Judgement On Homosexuality With BJP At The Centre?

If parties like the BJP and "cultural" organisations like the RSS realise the value and motivation of such mindsets, they will desist from their present attempts to impose a straitjacket of their pseudo-religious identity on the nation.

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Ruling on gays: Is the BJP out of sync with modern realities? Flickr

More than the social impact of the Supreme Court’s judgment on homosexuality, what will be of concern to the ruling party at the Centre is its political fallout. Hence, the eloquent silence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the subject.

For the BJP and its ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), any expansion of the concept of civil liberties is fraught with danger to their restrictive worldviews since a widening of human rights carries the prospect of greater individualism.

If the rights of the homosexuals to live without legal constraints are conceded, it can only encourage the people to free themselves of other restrictions as well such as on choosing live-in partners (of whatever sex) and eating, dressing and speaking as they please.

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SC decriminalises homosexuality, victory for gay rights. Pixabay

It is noteworthy that the verdict on gays has come close on the heels of the judgment which described the right to dissent as a “safety valve” which the government can only shut off at its peril lest there is an explosion.

Moreover, the court had also upheld not long ago the right to privacy which the government described as an “elitist” concept.

For the Hindu Right, as also for other religious fundamentalists, this dalliance with civil rights — the freedom to criticise the government, the exaltation of privacy and now the decriminalisation of homosexuality — entails a push towards liberalism and modernism which are anathema to any group which wants the society to be bound by shackles of orthodoxy and obscurantism.

It is ironic that although the Hindutva brotherhood speaks of decolonising the Indian mind, the two colonial laws which have long been its favourites are the section on homosexuality in the Indian Penal Code and on sedition.

Now that one of them is gone, there is little doubt that these closet followers of Britain’s 19th century politician Lord Macaulay — even as they decry the secular groups as “Macaulay’s children” — will hold on resolutely to the law on sedition as their only safeguard against the “anti-nationals” who, they believe, stalk the land.

Homosexuality
It is ironic that although the Hindutva brotherhood speaks of decolonising the Indian mind, the two colonial laws which have long been its favourites are the section on homosexuality in the Indian Penal Code and on sedition.
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It is also possible that the saffronites will keep a hawk’s eye on any social problems that may arise because of the assertion of gay rights. As the BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has said, with eager anticipation, if a five-judge bench can overturn an earlier judgment in favour of criminalising homosexuality, a larger bench can undo the present verdict if gay bars begin to flourish and there is a rise in the cases of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections.

Interestingly, what these judgments underline is how the judiciary is more attuned to the changing world than the elected representatives of the hoi polloi who often argue in favour of giving greater primacy to the legislature than the judiciary since they claim to represent the people while the judges are unelected denizens of an ivory tower.

However, one possible reason why MPs and MLAs, especially of the BJP, seem to be out of sync with the present-day world is the presence in their midst of a large number of criminal elements who can hardly be regarded as the most progressive sections of society.

For instance, of the 543 elected members of the Lok Sabha, of whom 186 have a criminal record, 63 belong to the BJP, followed by eight of the Shiv Sena, four of the Trinamool Congress and three each of the Congress and the AIADMK.

Homosexuality
Gay Pride Procession. Pixabay

What the Supreme Court judgment appears to have done is to persuade parties like the Congress, which usually hedges its bets lest it should fall on the wrong side of public opinion, to come out in the verdict’s favour, presumably because it senses that this judgment, more than any other, has become a touchstone in the matter of breaking out from the stranglehold of the past.

To distance a party from it, as the BJP is doing, will amount to virtually alienating the entire youth community. Even if a majority among them do not have homosexual instincts — according to official figures, there are 2.5 million gay people in India, but this may be an underestimate since, till now, it was unsafe for them to reveal their sexual orientation — the youths nevertheless see the ruling as an assertion of living life on one’s own terms and not be held hostage by the dictates of a society steeped in conservatism and of political parties which believe that their agenda can only advanced if the country is made forcibly to conform to khap panchayat-style social and cultural norms.

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To these youths, being or not being aware of homosexuality is of little consequence. What matters to them is to be able to make up their own minds and not be told by elders to abide by certain rules which are regarded as outdated by the younger generation.

If parties like the BJP and “cultural” organisations like the RSS realise the value and motivation of such mindsets, they will desist from their present attempts to impose a straitjacket of their pseudo-religious identity on the nation. (IANS)