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Balloon of Modi dispensation's probity pricked: CPI(M)

Training guns at the BJP government at the Centre and in states over Lalitgate, Vyapam and other controversies, CPI(M) on Thursday said the balloon of Narendra Modi dispensation's "probity" and "clean administration" has been pricked.

PTI| Updated: Jul 02, 2015, 16:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Training guns at the BJP government at the Centre and in states over Lalitgate, Vyapam and other controversies, CPI(M) on Thursday said the balloon of Narendra Modi dispensation's "probity" and "clean administration" has been pricked.

In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of its mouthpiece 'People's Democracy', the party said the Prime Minister will have to pay a "heavy price" in the coming day for being "wilfully blind to this phenomenon".

"Speaking at a rally in Mathura district after completion of one year of BJP government, Modi claimed he had not guaranteed 'acche din' for those who looted the nation, for them it was 'bure din'. Further he asserted: 'Has there been any news of scams or nepotism for the past one year?'

"A few days after this boastful claim, the balloon of probity and clean Government has been pricked," former party General Secretary Prakash Karat said in the editorial.

Karat said the "stain" of corruption, nepotism and crony capitalism is enveloping Modi Government and BJP state governments.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is at the centre of a row for helping Lalit Modi procure British travel documents, which Karat said is a "gross impropriety".

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is accused of backing the former IPL chief's immigration plea (while in opposition in the state assembly).

Besides, Raje's MP son Dushyant is accused of having financial ties with Lalit Modi. The opposition parties have been seeking resignation of the two leaders.

Karat dubbed Raje's alleged help to Lalit Modi as "shocking" and slammed the Government for trying to "brazen it out" by saying Raje has done nothing wrong.

"These two instances involving the two senior BJP leaders have blown sky high the fa?ade of having provided a corruption free set-up since the BJP government came into office at the centre," he said.

Referring to MP's Vyapam row and controversies over the party's Maharashtra ministers, Pankaja Munde and Vinod Tawde, allegedly sanctioning two multi-crore contracts without issuing tenders, Karat said there should be "no surprise" at corruption and rapidity with which it has surfaced in BJP-led governments.

"Corruption is in-built in the neo-liberal regime which has spawned a big business-politician-bureaucrat nexus. Crony capitalism is inherent in such a set-up," he observed.