(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
December 12, 2010
into a Hindutva Terror Nursery: Karat
recent visit to
Madhya Pradesh, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat expressed the
the state was being converted into a nursery of Hindutva terrorism.
the CPI(M) state
committee meeting at the party’s state headquarters in
violence as a threat to secular fabric of the country, Karat said the
trend in Madhya Pradesh was a matter of grave concern and stern action
be initiated to arrest this trend.
referred to the
proved nexus between the Maoists and the Trinamul Congress in
Badal Saroj presented a report on the political situation in MP. The
Bureau member Dr M K Pandhe was also present on the first day of two
meeting. The state committee adopted a programme of agitation on the
issues of the people. It also reviewed the organisational tasks and
future course of action.
JPC Probe into 2G Scam a Must: Describing
a grave threat to democracy, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat
joint parliamentary committee (JPC) inquiry into the 2G scam is a must
it is revealed how one person (A Raja) was able to manipulate the whole
in a manner that the nation was duped of Rs 1.76 lakh crore in the
auction of the
said it was
not corruption of an individual but of a powerful nexus which was
subvert the democratic process and take the affairs of the nation in
This nexus needed to be exposed and destroyed before the matter went
Karat said so
a public meeting organised at
nexus in this context, he said it has come to rule the roost in the
echelons in the era of globalisation and liberalisation, and this nexus
potential to subvert democracy, using loads of money at their disposal.
of the amount
of Rs 1.76 lakh crore that was bungled in the 2G spectrum auction had
been used in the 2009 election, he said, reminding that Rs 500 note in
envelope was sought to be given to every poor voter in Tamilnadu by the
such envelopes were seized and handed over to the Election Commission
by the CPI(M) at that time, he reminded.
leader said the
total outlay for Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act for the
Rs 24,000 crore and the total expenditure on food security for all the
would require Rs one lakh crore, which the government does not wish to
is therefore seeking to restrict the proposed Food Security Act to only
families. But if it had not allowed the 2G spectrum to take place, it
have at its disposal enough funds for both purposes --- MGNAREGA and
security for all.
threat of corruption was that it deprived people of their rightful and
aspirations, Karat regretted that the massive corruption was not being
reflected in the highest echelons of power only but down to the
He urged the people to fight corruption in the interest of democracy
poor people of this country.
Is There no Tradition to Resign
in MP?: Stating that
the BJP government in
Karnataka was blatantly corrupt, Karat said that three ministers had
after the Lok Ayukta took up the matter against them in the land scams.
in Madhya Pradesh, there seems to be no tradition of resignation by the
minister or ministers if Lok Ayukta registers a case against them.
reporters at Gandhi Bhavan, the venue of a public meeting, he said, “I
there is no tradition to tender resignation on moral grounds in MP if
inquiry is taken up against the chief minister or his ministerial
But I only hope the scams being inquired into by the Lok Ayukta or
agencies were completed early and, accordingly, action was taken
persons concerned,” he said.
CBI Politicised: Justifying
stalling the functioning of parliament for over two weeks over the
demand of a
JPC probe into the 2G scam, Karat said the amount involved in the
was only Rs 68 crore --- a very small amount compared to the amount of
lakh crore involved in the 2G scam. Yet the parliament had then
for 45 days till the government agreed to form a JPC. Why this
government was so wary of a JPC probe? he asked. He further said the
become completely politicised and it was being used to fix the
opponents of the
government or keep them under threat, if there were any crisis for the
government. The pace of investigation by the CBI also varies
said. Karat said the CBI was
investigating the 2G scam for 13 months and it has not made up its mind
it should interrogate the former telecom minister A Raja or not. Now
Comptroller & Auditor General (CAG) report was also out, the CBI
into saying that it would interrogate Raja, he said. He said a JPC
probe would not
only look into all aspects of the scam and suggest safeguards to
scams in future, but also keep a check on the CBI and ensure that its
investigation was on the right track.
Most Corrupt Government
till Date: In his
address on the occasion earlier, CPI(M) state secretary Badal
Saroj accused the state government of being neck deep in corruption and
that the chief minister and several of his cabinet colleagues were
facing a Lok
Ayukta probe and yet they did not resign from their post.
Saroj also presented to the house the details of all the scams and
actions of the BJP controlled state government. He said this is the
in the history whose chief minister himself is tainted. When the CM
about the corrupt practices of his ministers, the ministers retort and
ask him who will be left in the cabinet if they all resign. When a
cornered with facts regarding some scam, he threatens the CM with a CD
to the corruption of the chief minister’s relatives. Badal Saroj
further said while
the state government claims to make Madhya Pradesh a swarnim
(golden) state, the fact is that it is controlled by 16
ministers against whom enquiries have been initiated by the Lok Ayukta.
investigations are going on against 11 ministers, and prosecution has
instituted against 62 officers and against 11 district collectors.
There are complaints
of corruption in the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and
are in progress.
Shaily presented a Sankalp Prastav (resolution of pledge) to fight
corruption in order to save the country and its people. The meeting was
presided over by a presidium consisting of Jasvinder Singh, Ramvilas
and Sandhya Shaily.