People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
July 11, 2004
Demands CBI Enquiry Into Bribery Case
Jharkhand state secretariat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has
demanded a CBI enquiry into the Madhu Singh bribery case related to Rajya Sabha
election. The party felt this is necessary to ensure that all the persons
involved, including the person or persons who paid and those who got the money,
can be exposed and the guilty may be punished.
said episode has exposed the large-scale corruption among the ministers of the
BJP led Arjun Munda government. The CPI(M) said the people would not be
convinced about the honesty of chief minister Arjun Munda by the mere fact that
he has taken action by removing Madhu Singh from the ministry. For, this is no
example of eliminating corruption as the chief minister himself was involved in
corruption in the Tata land lease case. Despite the fact that all the opposition
parties had jointly submitted a memorandum to the governor, no action has been
taken so far on this.
party also drew attention to the published reports in the media about
large-scale corruption of other ministers in the Arujn Munda ministry. Chief
minister Arjun Munda did not take any action against Lalchand Mahato and other
members of his ministry despite the reports published about them.
way the CBI report got its way into the media, and the way action was speedily
taken by removing Madhu Singh from the ministry, reveals more of the inner
conflicts that is plaguing the BJP and its allies in Jharkhand on the issue of
downsizing the ministry. The CPI(M) has described as a joke the fact that George
Fernandes of Tehelka fame felt ashamed of Madhu Singh’s action and suspended
him from his party, the JD(U). The CPI(M) said fighting corruption was never an
agenda for the BJP-led government in Jharkhand and for George Fernandes’
rag-tag party. It is only an eyewash to mislead the people before the coming
Vidhan Sabha elections and a cover-up exercise.
CPI(M) has also demanded immediate enquiry into all the published reports of
corruption of on part of the members of Arjun Munda ministry. The CPI(M) has
also demanded that the chief minister Arjun Munda must immediately resign as he
has no moral right to continue in office. (INN)