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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

  • 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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AAP’S Media Spend Is Four Times That Of Previous Government: RTI Reply

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP's one year in power in 2016

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Picture of Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally. Wikimedia Commons
  • The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore
  • The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government
  • A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016

The AAP government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements — four times more than the previous government’s expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising, according to an RTI reply.

In the first year after assuming office in February 2015, the current government spent Rs 59.9 crore on advertisements, Rs 66.3 crore the next year and Rs 85.3 crore up to December 31, 2017, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) said in reply to an RTI application by IANS.

The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore. The Congress’ average was Rs 17.4 crore in the last five years of its rule (2008-2013).

Also Read: AAP welcomes BJP’s stand on inter-faith marriages

According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers.

For instance, when the AAP government completed its first and second anniversary in 2016 and 2017, leading newspapers in the capital carried full-page advertisements, highlighting the achievements of the government.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons

In the run-up to celebrating its three years in office, the government in the first two weeks of February carried advertisements flashing pictures of the Chief Minister or other ministers. The highlights included the inauguration of community toilets, excellence awards distribution for students, a government meeting on “smart gaon”, and invitation of applications for scholarship schemes.

The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government.

Also Read: Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

But the average advertisement rate charged by a leading English newspaper, comparing the Congress government and AAP government periods, has increased by about 17 percent, according to DAVP.

For the same period, the average rate charged by another leading English newspaper has increased by about 35 percent.

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016.

According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons
According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements.

Last year, the government came under an opposition attack after Lt. Governor Anil Baijal asked the AAP to cough up Rs 97 crore spent on advertisements, allegedly to promote the party instead of the government. The LG order was based on a report by the Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA).

Also Read: 5 Years of AAP: How Society Has Been Backstabbed by ChandaChor Kejriwal

The regulatory authority asked the Delhi government to assess the expenditure in issuing “those advertisements/advertorials in which the name of the Aam Aadmi Party is mentioned” and other factors.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there.

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said he has “no comments” to offer on the increase in expenditure.

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons
The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken said: “They (AAP) are using the power of advertisements to put pressure on TV (channels) and newspapers. They are doing it ruthlessly”.

BJP MLA and Delhi Assembly Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta termed the government’s spending on advertisements as “irrational”. “Misuse of public money in this way is completely unjustified and unethical,” Gupta told IANS. (IANS)