A CORRUPT PARLIAMENT?
The Oil-for-Food scam involving India’s foreign minister Natwar Singh and the Congress party which rocked Indian Parliament recently is under investigation. The fallout of the investigation is now in the realm of speculation.
But here comes another scam, through a sting operation, showing Members of Indian Parliament as a corrupt lot.
The corruption caught on tape was telecast by the Hindi TV Channel Aaj Tak. For a change it made the entire Indian Parliament silent, and hang, so to say, its head in shame.
The telecast, today morning, shows eleven MPs in sleaze, six from the Bharatiya Janata Party, three from the Bahujan Samaj Party and one each from the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal, taking wads of notes in return for asking questions in Parliament.
A TV journalist also set the cat among the pigeons when he was overheard telling an MP that the expose was only the tip of the iceberg and that many more members could be named in the coming days.
The Lok Sabha Speaker, Somnath Chatterjee considers the matter as grave, and the MPs involved have been called upon to explain immediately.
Though words such as sad, shocking, and ashamed were in circulation in Parliament, the MPs as a lot stand naked before the Indian electorate, which had the misfortune of electing them, without even a fig leaf to hide their nudity of corruption.