All too expectedly, after chief minister Pema Khandu sang paeans to the budget presented by union finance minister Arun Jaitley, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) did not take 24 hours before accusing Khandu of ‘misguiding the public’ by making false claims. It also derided the CM’s sycophantic praise as ‘political goon-gaan’, which may actually not be too far from the truth.
Also expectedly, the state BJP on Monday returned the favour to the APCC by accusing it of fomenting ‘cheap propaganda’ and ignoring the ‘high-voltage’ performance of the BJP government. No doubt some of the high-voltage performances the nation has witnessed have been from groups like the Karni Sena and the gau rakshaks.
The state BJP was quick to point out how the Pema Khandu government has declared a war on corruption, brought down crimes in the capital complex, ended the bandh culture, and handed over the infamous PDS case to the CBI.
While what the CM’s action would be against corruption by his own colleagues – should such cases occur – will be revealed in time, it is understood that the CBI has been asked to investigate anomalies in the PDS that occurred between 2004 and 2007. It is also understood that the bulk of the scam occurred between 1995 and 2004, when some very interesting persons were involved in it. Why is the CBI not being invited to investigate the corruption that occurred during the earlier period?
As to ending the bandh culture, it is clear that it is a selective process. It does not take a lot to slam down small-fry organisations that the people are not fearful of. Would the government dare to shut down bandhs announced by powerful, real-deal organisations such as AAPSU or the ANSU?