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Indian democracy slowly getting back on its feet: Thanks to NGOs like Lok Prahari
Lok Prahari, a Lucknow-based NGO established by the right minded people who have country's interest in heart, has finally scored a great victory in unsettling leaders of all political parties who till now treated Indian democracy as their fiefdom of which they thought they are the Maharajas.
In this context the famous Indian author Manohar Moolgaonkar's book 'The Maharaja' is worth reading. This book elucidates how after Indian independence the 566 princely States of India were merged into Indian union and how the lowly politicians of that time became new maharajas (kings) replacing the real ones in so called Indian democracy.

The Supreme Court on Monday accepted the contention of Lok Prahari that in UP the 1997 law which enables ex-CMs to be entitled to a government bungalow for life is unconstitutional. They have ordered the six ex-CMs enjoying this facility in the State to vacate their bungalows within two months and also pay rent for their entire stay as ex-CMs. This particular ruling is for UP but it has implications for other Indian States also where politicians are enjoying same perks.

In UP, the politicians who are affected from this ruling include Mulayam Singh, Kalyan Singh, Rajnath Singh, Mayawati, ND Tiwari and Ram Naresh Yadav. In Bihar, Mr Nitish Kumar is having one bungalow as CM and other as ex-CM. In Chhattisgarh, Ajit Jogi is having one bungalow as ex-CM.

In MP, the ex-CM not only gets a bungalow he is also authorised a Cabinet minister rank and status. It is not only States, even in Delhi lot of bungalows are in possession of these netas (political leaders) who have been ex somewhere. In Delhi, the estranged wife of ex-CM of J&K Omar Abdullah is staying in a huge government bungalow in the name of security.

In UP, there are lot of ex-netas who are having bungalows allotted in the name of some trust or other. While publicly political parties are saying that they are happy with this SC judgement but privately all are busy to find some loop holes to retain these plum properties. The UP Government may plan to go for a review petition in SC against this judgement. The UP government may decide to go for enacting a bill in their assembly legalising this ex-CM issue.

Now the next target of Lok Prahari is that the netas should not get lifelong pension without any minimum tenure prescribed. Today an MP or MLA gets life pension even if he or she was an MP or MLA, for just a few months while a government servant has to serve for 30-35 years before he qualifies for pension, this is totally discriminatory.

Similarly, lot of MPs and MLAs are misusing their constituency development fund allotted to them yearly. Mr Kuldip Nayyar in his book "Beyond the Lines" has mentioned that after he became member of Rajya Sabha, how one colleague offered him 50 per cent cash for his constituency development fund.

Reportedly, even today the constituency development fund allotted to MPs and MLAs is being sold. It is really very important for Indian democracy that NGOs like Lok Prahari must come up all over India who must expose these wrong doing of netas and take them to courts. Only then proper checks and balances will get established in this country and corruption will get curbed.

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