Saturday, September 17, 2011

US and Mayawati

The US has recently lauded the efforts of two Chief Ministers — Gujarat’s Narendra Modi and UP’s Mayawati for their efforts in development of their respective States. But why Mayawati when there are so many allegations by the Opposition accusing her of corruption. Even the Ministers in her Cabinet have been indicted by the Lokayukta for their involvement in corruption. The silver lining to all the allegations is that the US report states that Mayawati has done commendable work in constructing highways and in the power sector.

IMO: Neither Modi nor Mayawati sound like the sort of persons those who approve of Hazare would like.

For example, Mayawati flies a private jet to Mumbai when she needs sandals. Mayawati is undoubtedly the most controversial women in Indian politics. She has been charged in a series of cases including disproportionate assets and Taj Corridor case etc. The self-proclaimed face of the poorest of the state's poor Dalits who came to power on the call of 'sarvajan hitaye' (for the benefit of all) has always getting richer and richer. Her net worth in 2010 was at 87 crore, an increase of at least Rs 35 crore in three years' time. Besides these, she owns properties in different parts of the country, the cumulative cost of which is valued around 73 crore. The Dalit queen has been fighting many legal battles over cases relating to the Taj corridor case, diamond-laden lavish birthday parties, disproportionate assets case and spend large sums of money on building statues of herself. The UP Chief Minister has been exposed by WikiLeaks to have a "penchant for corruption".

IMO: Well Tony Blair was approved of by many in the US. He was head of the UK party supposedly representing the poor and the underdogs, and many people feel he mainly acted badly and mulcted the funds. It all sounds somewhat like a very shady version of the Teamsters.

Interestingly, emboldened by WikiLeaks revelation that Sonia holds a soft corner for Mayawati, a section of the Congressmen even feel Mayawati could be a suitable support option. Nothing can be ruled out, though it is too premature to predict anything yet, remarked a senior Congress leader, when contacted. However, the prospect is alarming for some of the leaders in the saffron army. Having shared power three times, the BJP and the BSP are considered natural allies. The UP Chief Minister has been exposed by WikiLeaks to have a "penchant for corruption".

IMO: Chilling. India certainly needs more people like Anna Hazare.

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