First, it was Sushma Swaraj.
Next, Vasundhara Raje.
The saga of Lalit Modi—which tars politicians of every feather who are connected or who communed with him—continues.
Meanwhile, the former cricket administrator gallivants the partying world enjoying the immunity granted him by his erstwhile familial and political allies.
The Congress and its allies have promised to disrupt parliamentary proceedings seeking removal of the BJP matriarchs.
Narendra Modi and his cohorts came to power on the back of NaMo’s version of “It’s the economy, stupid” promising “acche din” and good governance.
While the NDA government enjoys a majority in the Lok Sabha, it is not so in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress and its allies rule the roost there throwing a spanner in the works of any new bills forcing the Prime Minister to promulgate ordinances instead.
Narendra Modi would be well advised to give his constituents what they deserve and let the cards fall as they may. The Gujarat strongman is not to shirk from doing what’s right. Swaraj and Raje should be asked to resign.
The previous government had one of the worst records on parliamentary business conducted. A similar fate should not befall this one.
All appearances of impropriety should be investigated and guilty parties penalized.
Narendra Modi should preside over “acche din” and not merely be the “King of Good Times“.
Lalit Modi is in the news once more.
Indian cricket administration’s enfant terrible has snagged yet another victim.
This time, it’s External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
Swaraj finds herself embroiled in a conflict of interest.
The minister championed Lalit Modi’s cause requesting the British government to let Modi to travel to Portugal to visit his ailing wife citing ‘humanitarian‘ grounds.
Whether the minister was in the right is debatable. But she was clearly in the wrong in acting for Modi because her daughter is on Lalit Modi’s legal defense team. So is her husband (Swaraj’s son-in-law).
The last time, the UPA was in power, Shashi Tharoor—coincidentally Minister of State for External Affairs—had to resign his seat because of similar conflict of interest allegations. His then wife (now deceased) Sunanda Pushkar was an interested party in the forming of the Kochi Tuskers (now defunct) franchise.
What is it about Indian politicians and conflict of interest situations?
Is it time our politicians were made to undergo an induction training session where a conflict of interest situation is made clear to them?
Are these high-profile names merely the tip of the iceberg and simply anything goes in Indian politics where non-transparency is the norm?
It will be interesting to see how Prime Minister Narendra Modi handles the first real blemish on his government’s record. Will the NDA emulate the UPA and ask Sushma Swaraj to resign? Or will it be simply a case of ‘I dare you to prove otherwise.‘?