Sushasan and Achhe Din was the promise on which BJP fought elections and came to power. They were helped in this by the actions, indifference and arrogance of Congress leaders which distanced the electorate from them.
In the back drop of celebration of “good governance day” on the birthday of Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, a couple of instance are discussed below which raises questions in mind.
Subramaniam Swamy’s Case with IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi Director Mr R K Shevgaonkar has reportedly quit two years before expiry of his term due to pressure on him to release payment of Rs 70 lakhs to Mr Subramaniam Swamy. Mr Swamy is a former faculty member of IIT Delhi and the payment of this “arrear” has been in dispute. The dispute has even done the rounds of High Court. It is interesting that Mr Swamy who has unearthed several scams is himself mired in controversy.
Such pressure on the IIT Delhi Director to give a favourable decision for a member of the ruling BJP does not arouse confidence of Sushasan.
Mr Narendra Modi’s government must come clean on this.
Case of Mr Suresh Halvankar in Maharashtra
Convicted BJP MLA from Ichhalkaranji Mr Suresh Halvankar was appointed as chairman of a committee for reforms in the powerloom and textile sector of Maharashtra. Mr. Halvankar owns a power loom factory in the State’s power loom hub.
Ironically, the MLA and his brother were charged under Electricity Act, after a flying squad raid revealed that the meter of the factory was running 45 per cent slow, causing Rs. 21 lakh loss to the Electricity Board. The Kolhpaur sessions court had on May 14, 2014, convicted Halvankar and his brother Mahadev and sentenced them to undergo imprisonment for three years.
Mr Halvankar obtained a stay order from the High Court which enabled his participation in Assembly elections. While all this may be perfectly legal, the necessity of giving party ticket and the hurry for making such appointment is not understandable. It could have waited for final outcome from the High Court.
Zero Tolerance ?
BJP has not been in power long enough for one to make a conclusive assessment. But are they on the right track? Will the promise of Sushasan and Achhe Din be realised or remain a dream ?