With the increase in a number of election campaigns, the controversies and accusations on members of both parties have also increased. We can easily see the social media and print media flooding with the news of the corrupt nature of the politicians that are taking part in 2019 elections. Both Congress and BJP are trying to gain people interest toward them by marketing the welfare done to the nation in their tenure. On the contrary, these parties are biting each other heads off by blaming them for corruption and injustice done to the nation by their leaders.
As the 2019 elections race is gaining its pace, the fight for the gaining position in the central government has become more abrupt between Congress and BJP. The election campaign and rallies are taking place as a full flagged movement by both parties to allure the Indian population to get their support in inning 2019 elections. As we can see, BJP is trying to gain votes by using the face value of Narendra Modi, who has brought some huge changes in Indian democracy in the last four years of his leadership. On the other hand, the young and dynamic leader Rahul Gandhi is representing the Congress. The political experience of Narendra Modi and the love on the heart of common people toward Rahul Gandhi has made this a close competition for the post of Prime Minister.
It can be easily seen that the demonization and Lokpal bill has no effect on the corrupt politicians of the nation. The somehow used these schemes for their own benefits mocking the government as well as a democracy of the nation. The silence of BJP government on the corruption issues is still a mystery. Most people believe this silence is due to the involvement of some of the most corrupt politician in India in the BJP party itself. These allegations seriously judge the ability of BJP to lead the nation in 2019 elections.
Another major reason that is fuelling the anger in the hearts of Indian citizens is that the country has suffered two of the biggest financial frauds in the last four years of Modi governance. Vijay Malya and Nirav Modi had successfully managed to commit a huge financial fraud and leave the country with immunity from BJP government. These frauds have shattered the banking system of the nation.
The upcoming elections will decide whether corruption will prevail or get abolished in Indian politics. Being the largest democracy of the world, every single vote matters for the future upbringing of the nation. As a smart voter, let’s take look at the most corrupt leaders in India before giving our vote.
The current President of the BJP party Amit Shah has managed to grab the attention of news headlines since his inception in politics. Not for the good deeds he has done for the nation, but his corrupt politics and association with criminals. He was accused of being instrumental in the extrajudicial encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, his wife Kauser Bi and one of his associate Tulsiram Prajapati. According to the CBI report, Amit Shah was paid from two marble traders from Rajasthan to kill Sohrabuddin as he was threatening them and asking for hefty protection money. The encounter was staged at a farmhouse near Ahmadabad where the some police officials took Sohrabuddin, Kausar Bi and Tulsiram and shot them claiming that Sohrabuddin was an operative of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative.
Apart from that, Amit Shah is also accused for sidelining the police officials who testified against the Gujarat government in fake encounters cases and the 2002 riots. Additional DGP Kuldeep Sharma made an allegation that he had been demoted form police department to Gujarat State Sheep and Wool Development Corporation after he accused Amit Shah of taking a bribe of Rs 2.5 crore to assist in the bail of a conman who committed a fraud to withdraw Rs 1,600 crore from the Madhavpura Mercantile Cooperative Bank.
The controversy does not end here only. As one of the most corrupt politician in India, Amit Shah was accused to order illegal surveillance on a woman in 2009 while he was serving as the home minister.
The current Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhra Raje had been charged with a criminal case in reference to the Deendayal Upadhyay Trust land scam. Raje along with 5 other people had been accused of cheating and criminal conspiracy. The case is filed against Vasundhra Raje for allotment of 7,693 square metres of land at a prime locality in the Civil Lines area to the trust at a discounted rate of just 5% of the market value in July 2006 when BJP was in governance. The case is filed on Sections 420 (cheating), 409 (criminal breach of trust by a public servant) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code. If you take a closer look to these charges, the offence registered under Sections 420 and 409 are non-bailable and punishable from 7 to 10 years of prison term.
The scam was brought in light by Congress leader Sushil Sharma when he filed a public interest writ petition in the year 2006 before the Jaipur Bench of the Rajasthan High Court. Varsudhra Raje actions toward this land scam bring her the list of most corrupt leaders of India. Rs. 50 crore worth of land was allotted to the trust for mere Rs. 65 lakh on July 4 2006, which makes it one of the biggest land scams by the government employee.
In addition to this, Vasundhra Raje is also accused for a loss of Rs 45,000 crore to the state exchequer. She allotted 653 mines in Rajasthan on the first-come-first-served practise which resulted in a tremendous loss due to her failure of following transparent procedure and not auctioning the mines.
Laxmikant Sharma, ex-Education Minister (M.P): One of the most famous scam in India has been instrumented by Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Laxmikant Sharma. He shook the education system of the Nation with the Vyapam scam. While convicted with the charges, Laxmikant Sharma was in-charge of MPPEB as the state’s Technical Education Minister.
The Vyapam scam was an organised crime which revolves around businessmen, politicians, government officials where they employ imposters to write the exam papers, change the sitting arrangement to make it easier to cheat, forging the answer sheets and bribing the officials in various exams for government jobs. It is recorded that at least 13 different exams that were conducted by Vyapam has been manipulated. This includes exams for the selection of medical students and state government employees where the final results were rigged. Around 3.2 million students each year take these exams and it is found that many of these were paid to give the exams on behalf of undeserving students.
The scam came into light in when 20 people were arrested by Indore Police who were impersonating other candidates for PMT exam in 2009. Over 2000 people had been arrested till now due to their connection with this scam including Madhya Pradesh ex-education minister Laxmikant Sharma. He was initially arrested for his engagement in contractual teachers recruitment scam. He resigned from his position in June 2014 after he was sent to police remand for four days.
Yogi Adityanath (Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh)
Apart from his image as an esteemed follower of Hindutava, Yogi Adinath has been charged at many instances for numerous crimes which includes an attempt to murder, rioting with deadly weapons and criminal intimidation. The height of corruption nurturing under his rule can be easily seen by the law passed by his government to withdraw 22 year old case against him. With his mischievous history, he is the prime contender of the most corrupt politician in India list.
The Uttar Pradesh Governemnt led by Yogi Adityanath Nath has declared to withdraw the 22-year-old case against him by passing a new law providing amnesty to politicians from old non-serious cases against them. This law will result in the withdrawal of over 20,000 cases against politicians.
Nitish Kumar (Chief Minister of Bihar): Adding to the list of most corrupt leaders in India, Nitish Kumar has been charged with rioting with deadly weapons, unlawful assembly and even attempt to murder. With the unethical use of power as the CM, these charges were dropped in no time which questions the credibility of Indian jurisdiction.
R Ashok : R Ashok has been charged with acts of corruption with alleged illegality and abuse of office while he was serving as the as the chairman of a committee on regularisation of lands. He was accused of unauthorised occupations of government lands during the period of 1998-2007.
The list does not end here. Indian political system is architectured by a lot of corrupt politicians who had caused enough distress to the nation for their own profit. In a recent press meet, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi question about the silence of current Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the corruption held charges against many BJP officials and leaders.
Pointing out the rise of corruption in the rule of BJP, Rahul Gandhi questioned the ability of the party to act on corruption charges against its leaders and its allies while bringing in light the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, the allegations against the Badals in Punjab, the Lalit Modi case, induction of tainted leaders Narayan Rane and Mukul Roy.
It is true that corruption has increased in the last four years of BJP governance. The Lokpal bill specifically drafted to rule out corrupt politicians has become the puppet of Modi’s Government and lost its credibility.
The political scenario is still laid on decade old corrupt politics which has been a great barrier in the development of the nation. Too much power in too little hands had made our jurisdiction system weak. A lot of politicians are facing several charges of corruption yet there is no action taken against them.
It is time when the nation needs some serious change from the current political stand. The corruption had infected the very soul of the country and it needs to be prevented by any measures. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi might be the solution for this emerging corruption situation in India. His radical approach to eliminate the corruption and the corrupt politicians is what we need to rise ahead from this injustice. The 2019 elections will define the course of Indian politics weather it will be ruled by the most corrupt politician in India or the leaders who are actually want this nation to rise as the global power.
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