1. Modi government govt likely to get corruption tag as UPA II, says P Chidambaram

Modi government govt likely to get corruption tag as UPA II, says P Chidambaram

Congress leader P Chidambaram today warned that as the Narendra Modi government inched closer to the end of its term, it might also be assailed by the same degree of corruption allegations which drowned the UPA II.

By: | Mumbai | Published: November 19, 2017 5:05 AM
 P Chidambaram,  P Chidambaram MODI,  P Chidambaram  UPA II,  UPA II CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION Modi government,  Modi government NEWS, Congress- led UPA 2, Modi government, Narendra Modi government He, however, said the same “odium” could be attached to the BJP government as well when it completed its term (in 2019) though he was not wishing it to “happen”.

Congress leader P Chidambaram today warned that as the Narendra Modi government inched closer to the end of its term, it might also be assailed by the same degree of corruption allegations which drowned the UPA II. The former finance minister said the erstwhile Congress- led UPA 2 dispensation had acquired a reputation for “many many corrupt deeds” at the fag end of its tenure.

He, however, said the same “odium” could be attached to the BJP government as well when it completed its term (in 2019) though he was not wishing it to “happen”. “Since the UPA II was the last government that completed its tenure, that odium attached to the government. Wait for any government to complete its term of five years, the same odium will attach to that government as well,” he said during a discussion at the Tata Literature Live festival here.

“I am not wishing it happens, but it will happen,” said Chidambaram, who was a key figure in the UPA regime. “The point is, yes I know that the UPA 2 had acquired, by the time its term came to an end, a reputation for many many corrupt deeds. But unless some one is actually convicted and punished, I am not willing to accept that he or she is guilty,” the former home minister said.

He said today what is being made out is that “everyone is presumed guilty until he is proven innocent, which I think is wrong, as it will destroy the rule of law in this country.”
Touching upon the issue of corruption, the Congress Rajya Sabh member said the main reasons for major graft “are greed as against the need for funding elections”.
“In the case of a political person, or a political party, it is the need to fund elections, which drives what you describe as corruption. Unless you find the ways to fund elections, you will not be able to bring down that scale of corruption,” he said.

Chidambaram claimed demonetisation was a “dismal” failure as far as curbing fake currency was concerned. “If you want to know where demonetisation has failed, if you are not able to curb corruption, if you are not able to curb black money…just go to or stay in (poll-bound) Gujarat for over the next 20 days, and you will know the kind of money that is being spent there,” he alleged.

He said the Modi government could recover fake currency only to the tune of Rs 41 crore, which accounted for only 0.0027 per cent of the total currency that came back into the system following notes ban.

“Demonetisation to the extent of eliminating fake currency is a dismal failure,” Chidambaram claimed. Disputing the government’s claims that notes ban had helped curb terrorism, he said, “As of November 10, the number of infiltrations, the number of militants neutralised, the number of civilians killed and the number of jawans martyred, all are larger than the numbers for the corresponding period in 2016.”

  1. Satender Kumar Arora
    Nov 19, 2017 at 11:19 am
    Congress had been in power for about 60 years, then why corruption charges were levied only for the period of UPA II. The citizens, digested corruption of low level, but when Congress upgraded its level to lakhs of crores, the voters realized. If cases against BJP also come up of such level of corruption, the voter will not hesitate to throw them out. The Congress also spends huge amounts in elections, beyond the limit fixed by Election Commission. .But these things are widely known and accepted by the citizens. Had the Congress not done such wide spread scams, the voter would have not punished it so hard.
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    1. Paruchuri Ps
      Nov 19, 2017 at 10:39 am
      Unfortunately, the BJP government does not have a scamster of Chidambaram's standing. So no chance. Additionally, Modi is not a dumb and deaf PM like MMS who allowed scamsters like Chiddu to steal from under his nose.
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        Viswanath
        Nov 19, 2017 at 9:59 am
        This guys wakes up from a nightmare and keep writing same nonsense that has news papers like IE has space to print
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          sampath chari
          Nov 19, 2017 at 9:46 am
          A small correction. It is typed "election funding is altered". It should be election funding is not altered.
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            sampath chari
            Nov 19, 2017 at 9:43 am
            It is impossible to curb black money, what ever may be the intentions of the government as long as the election funding is altered. Money will flow like river Ganges during elections and how do they get the money and how do they recover it. It is an open secret. Modi is honest but,. for the elections his party has to spend money failing which his government will not be there to rule.
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              Subbu.Subramaniam
              Nov 19, 2017 at 7:29 am
              The Devil Quoting from the Scriptures !!
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                Subbu.Subramaniam
                Nov 19, 2017 at 7:14 am
                Devil quoting the Scriptures
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                1. Murthy Suppusamy
                  Nov 19, 2017 at 6:03 am
                  He is an example of even Hardvard people when they age, would resort to any low level politics to win next election and to stay out of prosecutions.
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