(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
May 01, 2011
Black Money Flows in Elections
Tikender Singh Panwar
AT a time West Bengal is passing through one of the toughest political battles in its history, all sorts of forces --- ranging from the so-called Left through the centre to the extreme right --- have aligned to defeat the Left. In this battle, the corporate world has also made its entry with black money has now become a prominent issue. In this regard, the people of this state deserve to be heartily congratulated as they have responded positively to this issue which the votaries of neo-liberalism and their hankers-on have always sought to brush under the carpet. Today the effort is, as pointed out by P Sainath in an article in The Hindu, that bribery should be legitimised, and the neo-liberalists seek to underplay this issue that is connected to the peopleís life and livelihood.
It has appeared in
a section of the print and electronic media in
After all, where all this money comes from?
Gautam Deb, a
minister in the
In this regard, one
episode was not sufficiently underlined. It is about the person
caught with Rs 57 lakh in cash while travelling from
The state of Himachal Pradesh has a peculiar position in regard to land reforms and tenancy act. Accordingly, what to talk about the non-Himachalis, even a non-agriculturist cannot purchase land in the state. But, eager to expand his business interests, this K D Singh entered an agreement with the management of a prestigious school named Himalayan International School (HIS) at Charabra, just 7 kilometres from Shimla, to buy the school and the 30 bighas of landed property attached with it for a sum of Rs 12 crore. However, as it is not permissible under the provisions of law, a dummy agriculturist in the garb of a buyer was created and a sale deed was registered for Rs 6 crore only; the rest of the amount was given in black. This money was paid from the account of the Alchemist of K D Singh. Immediately thereafter, the school management was changed, with a section of the Alchemist management taking the school over. The first task the new management performed was to shut the school down and ask the parents to withdraw their children, while the teachers and the non-teaching staff were asked to resign as the school was now to be redesigned into a hospitality department, i.e. a multi-star hotel.
However, the parents and other people of the state approached the High Court and it was their intervention that foiled the evil intentions of this TMC MP. The civil writ petition has demanded that the aforesaid property be taken away from K D Singh and vested with the state of Himachal Pradesh as the deal had taken place in contravention of the provisions of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act.
The move has
thoroughly exposed the sinister designs of the TMC MP. The
also indicates what the TMC, with such high-profile tagged people in
bandwagon, can offer to the people of
April 23, 2011