Corruption syndrome: Now the rule of the game is “If you expose us, we’ll expose you”
New Delhi: Finding itself against the wall over Cricket tycoon Lalit Modi related allegations against Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and the demand for their resignation along with that of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the VYAPAM scam that relates to massive irregularities in medical entrance tests and recruitment of government staff across many state departments, the ruling BJP today released a sting allegedly exposing a 2013 liquor scam pointing the accusing finger at the Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat and his personal secretary.
The sting against the Uttarakhand Chief Minister and the timing of its release by the BJP is being treated as a game changer by political observers. It is now obvious that the rule of the game is not “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”. Instead it is “If you expose us, we’ll expose you””.
The BJP onslaught today comes as a reply to the Congress tactic of disrupting the Parliament proceedings and refusing to relent on the demand for the resignation of Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers of two BJP ruled states.
On day two of the monsoon session of Parliament, there was noise and din as the Congress members continued to stall the proceedings in both Houses for the second consecutive day. In Rajya Sabha Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dared the Opposition to join a debate accusing Uttarakhand Chief Minister of corruption and other Congress chief ministers.
Union Minister and BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman blunted the Congress attack by going on the offensive against Rawat saying the sting exposes the “outlandish negotiations by his (Rawat’s) personal secretary who was trying to earn illegal money through allotment of liquor contracts. Rawat countered the allegation by saying that BJP is deperate. “They are trying to build a case against me to divert the attention of people of this country and the world from allegations against their own leaders”, he said.