Congress in corrupt nexus with big businesses: Karat

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 18 2010, 04:46am hrs
Asserting that the Congress is steeped in a corrupt nexus with big businesses which he pointed out was a by-product of the neo-liberal order, CPI(M) top boss Prakash Karat on Thursday alleged that the many of the Union Cabinet ministers are either businessmen or advocates of certain business interests while a few are lawyers who have in the past represented corporates, the matters of which now come under their portfolios.

The BJPs record is not much different. He said the favouritism to big business companies shown in the disinvestment policies of public sector companies, the telecom sector, the sale of petrol pumps and gas agencies and the corruption associated with defence deals when the BJP was in power were of the same pattern. More recently, it set a new record by inducting the Bellary mining mafia into the government in Karnataka, he said.

Karat, in an article in the forthcoming issue of CPI(M) mouthpiece Peoples Democracy, argued that it will be a mistake to view the spate of corruption cases as just a manifestation of the venality of certain politicians, or of some corporate or the other.

The nexus of big business-politicians-bureaucrats emerged as a by-product of the neo-liberal regime, he said. Karat referred to the hawala scandal, the bank securities scam, the PSU disinvestment swindle and the petrol pump scam during the Narasimha Rao government. The Congress party is steeped in this corrupt nexus with big business, he alleged.

Referring to the Niira Radia tapes, he said whether Dayanidhi Maran or A Raja should become the minister for telecom becomes an issue for rival corporates to intervene and influence. Even if no choice is made on this basis, the performance of the minister will be judged by how amenable he is to the interests of big business. One has only to recall how Manishankar Aiyer was replaced as the minister for petroleum & natural gas by Murli Deora in the first term of the UPA government.