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Senator Aaron Schock shocks the US
Not a very good news for several admirers of new political culture of India: "On March 17, 2015, the IndIllinois Rep, Aaron Schock announced his resignation from the US Congress after an ugly controversy about his use of federal funds."
His resignation would be effective March 31. It happened less than 12 hours after POLITICO raised questions about tens of thousands of dollars in mileage reimbursements he received for his personal vehicle.

POLITICO is a political journalism organization based in Arlington County, Virginia that covers the issues, ideas and personalities behind politics and policy in the United States and in the global arena. Its content is distributed via television, the Internet, newspaper and radio.

According to the US media, Mr. Schock had billed the federal government and his campaign for logging roughly 170,000 miles on his personal car from January 2010 through July 2014. But when he sold the vehicle he used in that period, the 'Chevrolet Tahoe' in July 2014, it had roughly 80,000 miles on the odometer. 

The documents revealed that he had reimbursed for 90,000 miles more than his car was driven. The discrepancy added to a growing wave of ethical and legal problems for the 33-year-old politician and brought his ultimate down fall.

Mr. Aaron Jon Schock had had entered the US Senate from Illinois, the 18th Congressional district, in 2009. He is a 33 year old young Republican, the third youngest currently serving US representative after Patrick Murphy of Florida, and Elise Stefanik of New York.

He is also an old well known admirer of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration. Months after his meeting with the then Gujarat Chief Minister, Modi Ji, he had praised his administration for "honest, transparent and open" governance, which he said is attracting American companies to invest heavily in the state.

"During a meeting with the leadership of companies like Ford and Tata Motors who are investing billions in new factories in Gujarat I was impressed to learn that these policies are being implemented in good faith and with the cooperation of American companies. These companies chose specifically to invest in this region of India because government was honest, transparent and open."

He wrote on his op-ed: "When the Gujarat government promised to build a road to help them move goods to market, it delivered."

He has highly rated Gujarat with this comment - "Over the last several years, Gujarat, with a population larger than Texas and California combined, has experienced an impressive 10 per cent annual economic growth. What I took away from meeting with officials in Gujarat trying to explain this success was their ardent focus on eliminating corruption in the region, which continues to plague the country as a whole."

With reference to his resignation, he made a statement on Tuesday. "The constant questions over the last six weeks have proven a great distraction that has made it too difficult for me to serve the people of the 18th District with the high standards that they deserve and which I have set for myself. I have always sought to do what's best for my constituents, and I thank them for the opportunity to serve."

According to a spokesman for Mr. Schock, in an effort to remove any questions and out of an abundance of caution, Congressman Schock has reimbursed all monies received for official mileage since his election to Congress.

Poltics is not a dirty game. We make it!

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