In politics, it seems if you do some wrong then you would not be actually punished but your punishment would be staged for the media and the masses until they shut up and move on. Latest case in point is Yeddyurappa who after being indicted by the Karnataka Lokayukta in a report for allegedly receiving kickbacks by a mining company in the form of donations to his trust faced a lot of flak and had to resign. We thought this is it as media hailed it as the fall of Yeddy from grace and hopefully politics. This was not to be as infact by getting his choice being elected as the new CM, Yeddy has shown that despite the taint he still holds a considerable clout in the politics of the state. Yeddy has even gone to the extent of claiming that he would be back as CM within the next six months. This is sad news for the nation as a minister abusing his position for personal gains is still calling the cards. What is more worrying is the fact that Yeddyurappa’s case is not the first one. Tainted ministers in India in the past have been removed from their position and they have lost anything but power! While the issue is hot and can snowball into some serious problem, parties lay back their tainted ‘workers’ and as soon as the public forgets, that minister is back to ‘job’.
Lets recall all those ministers who have lost their position of privilege in the recent past and are back in the same avatar or even a better one only because the controversy has died down and their misdeeds have been forgotten:
“Bade bade shehron mein aisi choti baatein hoti rehti hain”, said Patil a la SRK not to some beautiful Senorita but to victims of 26/11 Mumbai blasts when they were in grief and in the shock of the tragedy. Result? He was asked to resign as home minister, which he did. Fast forward to year 2009; NCP in coalition with Congress is back in power in Maharashtra and Patil reinstated as Home Minister. So effectively RR Patil was away from the coveted position for a couple of months only.
Amit Shah: He was a big shot politician and had Home ministry of Gujarat in his kitty until one day he was arrested for fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, a criminal who allegedly ran an extortion racket in the state under the aegis of Amit Shah himself, as CBI has claimed in the court. Justice would take some time so provided the serious nature of allegations against him, his party could have done really well by distancing itself from him until he comes clear but what happened is really unfortunate. Except for his resignation, BJP supported him every way it could and the latest update is that BJP is considering Shah for a Rajya Sabha seat!
Vilas Rao Deshmukh: He was ruling Maharashtra as CM for the second time when 26/11 happened. While his colleague and NCP member RR Patil had to go because of his insensitive remarks, for Vilas Rao, nail in the coffin was his ‘trip’ to Taj and Trident hotels with filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma and his son, actor Ritiesh Deshmukh to take stock of the situation which allegedly was an attempt to take Verma on some sight-seeing. He faced a lot of flak for deducing a serious tragedy to ‘tourism’ and had to resign. As usual we thought Vilas Rao has been punished but like always this rather helped Deshmukh as he got in 2009, Union ministry of Heavy industries and Public Enterprises and since then he has worked as Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Union Minister of Science and Technology. Meanwhile Deshmukh has been accused of giving key clearances to the ‘Adarsh Society’ and CBI would question him in the days to come. Now weather he played any role in Adarsh Society scam or not, one thing is sure if he resigns this time after taking moral responsibility, don’t think he is repenting but be sure that some plumier post is in the offering.
So we may fight against corruption with all our sincerity but until these political parties don’t realize the value of ‘morals’ they so often claim affinity for, India sans corruption may just remain a far-fetched dream.