UPA’s Scam Raj
- 2-G spectrum Rs 1,70,000 crore notional loss after Raja's telecom ministry undersells spectrum to shell companies. Then telecom secretary P.J. Thomas now appointed as Chief Vigilance Commissioner.
- Adarsh society Flats meant for defence personnel and Kargil war widows expanded to include politicians' kin, bureaucrats and defence top brass by Ashok Chavan
- CWG Rs 8,000 crore rip-off in allocation of rights, procurement of materials by Suresh Kalmadi-led panel
- IPL Ministers Shashi Tharoor, Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel shown to have dubious links with IPL teams
- Scorpene Middlemen make hay in the Rs 18,000-crore submarine deal
- Rice export Private middlemen subvert ban under Kamal Nath's watch to export Rs 2,500 crore of grain
- Cash-for-votes MPs allegedly offered cash to vote for the government in the trust vote over nuclear deal
- Prasar Bharati B.S. Lalli stays in office despite Rs 68-crore loss suffered by national broadcaster in a subcontracting deal
The Congress finally stooped to stop the stain of corruption from spreading. After a year tainted by scams and inaction, and after pointedly ignoring the hated C-word at the recent aicc meet, the grand old party made gestures towards public probity last week. Some lightweights were sacrificed. Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan was axed for his links to the Adarsh Society scam in Mumbai and replaced by the very pleasant Prithviraj Chavan. Suresh Kalmadi, the symbol of the sleaze and corruption associated with the Commonwealth Games, was removed as secretary of the Congress Parliamentary Party. His sacking from a meaningless post was more symbolic than anything else, for he remains the head of the Indian Olympic Association and among the country’s most powerful sports administrators.
Adarsh Housing Society apartments at Cuff parade in Mumbai. (Photograph by Apoorva Salkade)