Is Modi's promise of decriminalising politics , mere lip service or word of a Gentleman?
“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election” said Otto Von Bismarck.
In 2014 election campaign, Narendra Modi made an explicit promise that if he became the PM, “ No accused (with criminal charges) will dare to fight polls. Who says this cleansing is not possible?”
Mr Modi has delivered enough and more lectures on the issue of eliminating political crime BUT one is bound to be suspicious when his actions do not match his words and the same was seen in the appointment of Keshav Prasad Maurya ( facing about a dozen criminal charges) as the president of BJP in UP.
‘Politics' is often called a 'dirty game' where there are no permanent friends/enemies, only permanent interests. Way back in June 2002, the political watchdog (election commission), on the direction of Supreme Court, issued an order that each candidate must submit an affidavit regarding the information on his/her criminal antecedents. But interestingly , at an ‘all-party meeting' reps of 21 political parties decided that the said order should not be allowed to be implemented, clearly upholding the Gospel truth ‘birds of a feather flock together' .
Coming back to Mr Modi’s promise, in a recent report, Additional Solicitor General has said that recommendations of the ECI and the law commission, favouring lifetime disqualification of politicians with criminal cases against them, was under ‘ active consideration’ by the Centre. Also, the Centre has agreed to special courts to deal with cases against MPs and MLAs. With these special courts, an end is in sight to the inordinate delay in prosecuting politicians who have been sitting pretty in their positions for far too long.
It’s time for the near and dear ones of such politicians (with criminal background/cases) to brace up and not die of shock like Lalu's sister who couldn’t bear the shock of his 3& 1/2 years jail sentence in a fodder scam case.