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Corruption Vs Achievements: Congress-led UPA Vs BJP-led NDA
While we can definitely argue over the magnitude of corruption within the political parties, there is no denial that there are rogue elements in all the parties who indulge in corruption. Be it national parties like Congress, BJP or the regional parties like DMK, BSP, SP etc. there are stains of corruption on every party.

The Congress-led UPA has been ruling the nation since last 10 years, and in these 10 years there were several alleged scams gone into the account of the party. BJP led NDA has also ruled the country and it is not that there are no corruption stains on the alliance.

Here's a comparison between achievements and alleged cases of corruption during the rules of both the UPA and NDA.

Achievements and corruption associated with Prime Ministers from Indian National Congress regime

Jawahar Lal Nehru - 15 Aug 1947 to 27 May 1964


  • The Planning Commission of India is Jawaharlal Nehru's brainchild.

  • The first Five-Year Plan also provided the seed money for setting up of five Indian Institutes of Technology or IIT's.

  • Land redistribution plans were undertaken during Jawaharlal Nehru's tenure as a Prime Minister.

  • The first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the first Indian policymakers to understand the importance of cottage industries in the Indian economy.

Alleged Scams:

  • Jeep Scam

  • Cycles Scam

  • BHU Scam

  • Mundra Scam

  • Teja Loan Scam

  • Kairon Scandal

Total Scam wealth – approx 24.50 crores

Lal Bahadur Shastri - 09 June 1964 to 11 Jan 1966


  • Led India to victory over Pakistan in 1965 war.

Alleged Scams:

  • Biju Patnaik Corruption

Indira Gandhi - 24 Jan 1966 to 24 May 1977


  • Brought about a radical change in the country’s economic, political, international and national policies.

  • Nationalization of fourteen major commercial banks.

  • Brought remarkable change in the agricultural production in India.

  • Under her administration Meghalaya, Manipur, Tripura, Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh were given statehood.

  • She brought social reforms by introducing clauses in the Indian Constitution related to wages - equal pay for equal work to both men and women.

Alleged Scams:

  • Maruti controversy

  • Indian oil scam

  • AR Anthule corruption

Total Scam wealth – approx 32.2 crores

Indira Gandhi - 14 Jan 1980 to 31 Oct 1984


  • Resolved the political problems of Punjab.

Alleged Scam:

  • Churhat lottery scam.

Total Scam wealth – approx 5.4 crores

Rajiv Gandhi - 31 Oct 1984 to 02 Dec 1989


  • He was responsible for sending Indian troops for peace efforts in Sri Lanka.

  • Modernized the telecommunications industry, the education system, expanded science and technology initiatives and improved relations with the United States.

Alleged Scam:

  • Westland helicopter scam

  • HDW submarine scam

  • Bofors scam

  • Boeing Air India scam

  • Saint Kitts forgery

  • Indian Airlines controversy

Total Scam wealth – approx 84 crores

Dr. Manmohan Singh - 22 May 2004 till now


  • Rural health mission

  • Unique identification authority

  • Rural employment guarantee scheme

  • Right to Information Act

Alleged Scam:

  • Oil for food scam

  • Satyam scam

  • Madhu Koda corruption

  • MHADA flats scam

  • Siachen army ration scam

  • Cash for votes scam

  • IPL scam

  • Sukna land scam

  • 2G scam

  • Karnataka landscam

  • Commonwealth games scam

  • Adarsh society scam

  • ISRO Devas scam

  • Pune landscam

  • Telephone exchange scam

  • NTRO scam

  • Coal mines scam

  • NRHM scam

  • Tatra defence procurement scam

  • ENI scam

  • KG basin oil scam

  • Reliance Power scam

  • Agusta Westland scam

  • Thorium scam

Total scam wealth - approx 2.186 lakh crores

Achievements and corruption associated with Prime Ministers from Bharatiya Janta Party regime:

Morarji Desai - 24 March 1977 to 28 July 1979


  • Improving relations with Pakistan and restoring political relations with China, after the 1962 war.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee - 19 March 1998 to 22 May 2004


  • Pokhran Nuclear Tests

  • Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

  • National Highways Development Project

  • Lahore Summit

  • Kargil War Operation Vijay

  • GDP Growth

  • Improving India – US relationship

Alleged Scams:


  • Cybertron Technopolis Scam

  • Kargil Coffin Scam

Total Scam wealth – approx 45,000 crores

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