Narendra Modi is in news again. This time he is in news for appointment of lokayukta which was done by governor of Gujarat using her special powers. As per law goes she has not done anything which is against law. She is within her right to select lokayukta provided it is in cosultation of cheif justice of the state and leader of opposition.
Congress (opposition party in gujarat) has made 17 complains against gujarat government and lokayukta is supposed to see all these complains.
Gujarat government has been resisting lokayukta since long and to counter congress’s complain , narendra modi did set up commission which would see government deals since 1980. This would cover madhavsingh solanki government (congress), amar singh government(congress), chiman bhai patel(again congress), shankar singh vaghela(right now in congress), suresh mehta(bjp),keshubhai patel (bjp) and narendra modi .
Idea of narendra modi is obviously to wider scope of investigation and try to prove that congress government of past have been corrupted.
But congress played googly using its age old formula of using governors to get its job done. We have had seen that in karnataka , we are now seeing in gujarat. Infact misuse of power is as old as first government of nehru where democratically elected communist government of kerala was sacked by nehru government, though it is believed that Indira Gandhi played more important role in this sacking than nehru.
Here I am not defending BJP or opposing appointment of lokayukta. Infact I am strong supporter of lokayukta. We all know what wonderful job santosh hegde did and if it was not for lokayukta , we still would have seen yeddurappa ,inspite of corruption charges being seated as chief minister of karnataka.
Gujarat needed lokayukta and if gujarat government resisted it , it looks quite logical that governor took the stand. But if that is only purpose , it would have been welcomed step .
I wonder why governor doesnot use this special powers in states ruled by congress?. I wonder why ED and CBI didnt notice jagan’s wealth when jagan was in congress or when ysr ruled andhra?. Jagan didn’t make this wealth in six month. Right?.
I wonder why CBI goes on and off on mayawati and mulayam singh yadav. I wonder by it too ED six long years to arrest Hasan ali and prepare case where his bail was inevitable?. I wonder why our dear old Ottavio Quattrocchi was allowed to withdraw his money?. There are many whys?.
Lokayukta is welcomed step and it should be implemented in every state whether chief minister wants it or not. But governors should be standing in position of using their powers for transparent government and not for using their post as political means for center.
I understand that in gujarat , there is no chance of congress as of now and only chance which modi can give to them is having corruption charges against him or his government. Congress is banging on that and lokayukta is the person who along with his team can make that happen for congress.
We should put all chief ministers into scrutiny and we need strong lokayukts who can nail corruption in various states but context of selection of lokayukt is very important. If context is politics it beats the purpose at first place. If context is anti corruption then it serves the purpose.
My question of the day is does congress misuse its power?