New Delhi: The CPI-M on Friday said the
Congress has started showing "symptoms of decay" and there was
no realisation that the party has "steeped in corruption due
to the nexus of big business and government".
It said there was a loss of credibility of Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and his government in tackling
scandals like the 2G spectrum allocation issue.
"On the completion of 125 years of its foundation, the
Congress party shows symptoms of decay which has set in due to
the corrosive effects of becoming an instrument of the big
bourgeoisie, naked for power and privileges, divorced from the
problems and issues of the `aam admi`," CPI-M Politburo member
Sitaram Yechury said.
"There is no sign of realisation that the Congress
party has become steeped in corruption due to the nexus of big
business and government which has developed under its
"The Congress leadership sees nothing wrong in having
its ministers in government promoting the interests of big
corporates and getting favours in return," he said in an
editorial in the forthcoming issue of `People`s Democracy`.
Yechury said this was reflected in its opposition to a
joint parliamentary committee enquiry into the 2G spectrum
scam as it "refuses to come to terms with the rot that has set
in the higher echelons of the government.
"Faced with the avalanche of corruption and the loss
of credibility of the Prime Minister and the government in
tackling such scandals, the Congress leadership decided that
offence is the best form of defence."
Referring to the speech of Congress President Sonia
Gandhi at the Plenary here, Yechury said she had sought to put
her party on "a high moral pedestal as far as corruption is
concerned" by claiming to have taken prompt action in removing
chief ministers and ministers even before corruption charges
were established against them.
"What is not admitted is that the chief minister of
Maharashtra and others had to be removed when it became
untenable for them to continue in office in the light of
mounting evidence of wrong doing," he said.
While Congress accused BJP of hypocrisy while talking
about corruption and "correctly" pointed to the record of NDA
government and the present BJP government in Karnataka, it has
also accused the CPI-M too of actively indulging in corruption
in states where it runs governments.
"The Congress party knows very well that not a single
minister in the Left-led governments is facing a corruption
charge," Yechury asserted.
Noting that the triumphant mood in Congress after the
2009 elections had "dissipated", he said relentless price
rise, an intractable agrarian crisis and narrowing employment
opportunities have "severely dented" its `aam admi` platform.
Congress was also facing increasing problems like the
revolt by Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and the failure
to achieve any breakthrough in the Bihar assembly elections,