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UPA rehabilitates tainted politicians
Despite the fact that mood of aam admi in India is highly explosive against the corruption in top offices of the country, the current UPA government brazenly rehabilitates the three scamsters - Suresh Kalmadi, A Raja and Kanimozhi.

SURESH KALMADI of CWG scam fame, A Raja and Kanimozi of the 2G notoriety, who had hogged the headlines last year for quite some time for all the wrong reasons and had almost jolted the ruling UPA out of power, all three of them have been quietly rehabilitated by the ruling UPA in important standing committees of the parliament, despite the fact that all three are undergoing major trials in the various courts and are only out on bail. Can there be a bigger slap on the face of Indians than this?

Mr. Kalmadi, a Congress minister in UPA was put behind bars for nine months for the gigantic 76000 crore CWG scam. He was released on bail in January this year. He has now been appointed a member of the standing committee on foreign affairs of India so that he can advise ministry of external affairs of India on what long term strategy, India should follow in dealing with other countries of the world. Mr. Kalmadi will also be responsible for scrutinizing the expense accounts of the foreign ministry. A scamaster examining accounts of a key ministry? God help this country.

Mr. Raja who was the fountainhead of 1,76,000 crore 2G, mother of all scams, as telecom minister  was released in May this year on bail after spending almost one and half years in jail. He has been appointed as a member in standing committee of Parliament on energy ministry. He belongs to DMK Party in UPA. Apparently the ruling UPA feels that his expertise will now energise the energy ministry.

Ms Kanimozi, a DMK MP and daughter of the DMK supremo Karunanidhi has been appointed as member of the most important standing committee on home affairs ministry.

May be the UPA managers thought that this quiet rehabilitation of these super tainted politicians of theirs will go unnoticed. It only highlights the chasm that exists between the aam admi on the road and the people sitting in vestibules of power that are refusing to accept the anger which has reached the boiling point against the corruption in top offices. Now when media has paced these happenings in public domain the Congress spokespersons are offering the lame excuses that they are merely the accused, the charges against them are yet to be proven so they continue to be innocent. Besides they say it is not the party which nominates them and in any case all MPs have to be members of some standing committee. These are all mere technicalities which could have been easily set aside by UPA by passing a resolution that till the time these leaders are exonerated from their charges they couldn't be part of any standing committees. At least the speakers of both houses could have objected to their inclusion.

It is surprising that these very politicians were all brim stone and fire when recently some speakers during Anna's fast in Delhi had used some defamatory words against parliamentarians. They wasted no time in telling these defaulting speakers that how the Parliament is supreme, that it is the temple of Indian democracy and they enjoy special privileges.

True but then the Constitution alone can not enforce propriety if the members of Parliament themselves throw it out of the window. Nobody in India could have imagined that our parliamentarians will develop such thick skin with the passage of time. There was time when Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri and then Madho Rao Scindia, both Railway ministers resigned just because one rail accident took place. Mr. Advani resigned because somebody tried to link his name with Hawala money. He only rejoined when he was fully exonerated. There are umpteen such instances of propriety followed in Parliament in past. That was the reason why people of India then respected their MPs and not despised them as they do now.

There are 172 MPs in the current Parliament who have serious criminal cases registered against them. They are in Parliament because of the same excuse that till the time court convicts them they are innocent. This innocence is too cosmetic. Actually these tainted MPs using their power and money come to Parliament only for one purpose, to delay and influence their criminal cases. This is also the very reason why these three scamsaters have been made members of these important committees. This way they will be able to delay the court proceedings citing their inability to attend the court because of Parliamentary work which is supreme.

This also the reason why all our MPs are opposed to the proposal of election commissioner that no person should be allowed to participate in elections, against whom the court has framed the charges implying that a prima face case exists. It is time people of India force their elected representatives to accept this reform as propriety demands it. The reform of Right to reject and Right to recall must also be implemented, only then India can hope for some improvement in functioning of Parliament otherwise Constitution apart from the Indian Parliament and its members is fast loosing respect in the country and abroad.

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