State of scams
The damning contents of the CAG's yet-to-be-released report on land grabbing by trusts and institutes run by people close to Congress and NCP Ministers just adds to the blemish on governance in Maharashtra.
Particularly after the Adarsh housing society scam was unravelled. We do not need more to prove that the state has lost its glory, with politicians in power usurping state assets for personal gains.
The CAG report casts a slur on the intentions of senior leaders such as Vilasrao Deshmukh, Narayan Rane, Chhagan Bhujbal, and Harshwardhan Patil to name a few.
After revelations of how rulebooks were cast out to construct illegal buildings in cities like Mumbai, allegations of land grabbing in prime areas, awarding of contracts worth crores to firms with suspicious backgrounds, doubts over toll recoveries, and so on, one can say that here the democracy is run by a few, for a few and to please a few.
Ironically, the expose comes when centenary celebrations of state’s first chief minister Y B Chavan are on, with leaders singing paeans of his contribution to the sturdy foundation of Maharashtra. While Chavan had hardly anything to show for
private property, everyone in power today seems to be there to accrue benefits for personal aggrandizement. If there is anything the Prithviraj Chavan-led government wants to do to restore its credibility, the controversial deals must be scrapped, plots in question taken back, and a transparent system put in place for future decisions.
Little can be said about punishing the guilty. Despite a number of scams and court strictures, the Congress high command has not bothered to sack tainted names.
At least three CAG reports are expected to be tabled in the ongoing budget session, along with an interim report on the Adarsh housing society scam. A word of caution: much more may tumble out.