The illicit use of power by politicians has turned the entire political system into a venal one. The system can no longer be trusted by the citizens of the country as they cannot rely on it for their good. There are so many politicians who are facing serious charges of corruption in law courts. The nation is at its worst in its history where corruption seems to be replacing the law. The politicians use their powers for personal interests. The amount of money that is involved in these scams is hard to even imagine for the common man. In this article, we present before you, the people who have degraded India’s political system to no end:
10. O.P. Chautala
He is the former chief minister of Haryana. He, along with his son Ajay, was sentenced to ten years in prison on the charges of corruption in this year January. He was convicted for having forged documents to hire ill-suited teachers instead of well-qualified ones. He received bribes for the same. This scam was worth about Rs. 1.5 billion.
The chief minister of Tamil Nadu is one of the most corrupt politicians in India. She has 46 corruption cases against her. The scams that highlight her wall of fame include the Rs. 70 million coal import scam, disproportionate assets, color TV scam, Tansi land deal case along many others. Corruption cases are still being investigated against her and her colleagues in state. A raid in her house and office reportedly led to seizing of goods and gold worth more than a hundred crore rupees.
8. Mulayam Singh Yadav
Now the man himself has been caught saying “it is OK to be corrupt”! The chief of Samajwadi Party has not been involved directly in any major scam in the country, but he has amassed a filthy amount of money. He is said to have employed corrupt officers. Like most of the chief ministers in India, he is accused of using his power as chief minister for personal motives. He was also accused of accumulating disproportionate assets which involved his sons and daughters-in-law too.
The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest legislative assembly, and the head of the Bahujan Samaj Party is sometimes said to have “institutionalized corruption” in UP. In 2011, she was accused of draining the taxpayers’ money as she had her statues built for a humongous amount. Mayawati has faced criticism from the World Bank itself for not handling the provided loan properly. WikiLeaks has accused her of sending a private jet just to get a pair of sandals from Mumbai. From 2007 to 2012, her wealth has nearly doubled from Rs 52.27 crore to Rs. 111 crore. The cunning ways in which she handled the Taj Corridor make her a typical, shrewd political leader of contemporary India.
6. Lalu Prasad Yadav
Lalu Prasad Yadav was recently in news due to his involvement in the fodder scam of early 90s that dealt with about Rs. 950 crore. He is a former chief minister of Bihar, where crime used to be the law. During his tenure, the state had a deplorable condition with an alarming crime rate. He is accused to have given shelter to numerous local goons and bringing them into state politics. He is accused in as much as 63 cases, which speaks volumes about his corruption graph. Like Karunanidhi, he has also been accused of nepotism, but to no avail.
5. Madhu Koda
Madhu Koda epitomizes, “where there is a will, there is a way”. He is a former chief minister of Jharkhand. He was an independent legislator, yet this has never hampered his rise in corruption. He was involved with a scam worth Rs. 4000 crore. He has been accused of exploiting the state’s natural resources in the form of allowing illegal mining. He is said to have formed a partnership with the archenemies of politicians, the Maoists in this case. He is in jail currently, which gives people a little ray of hope that justice can still be met, maybe.
4. Suresh Kalmadi
This man became a household name in 2010 when India hosted the Commonwealth Games. However, he did nothing for the common people’s interests and just gathered wealth. The Commonwealth Games scam cost the nation a huge amount of money. Kalmadi was the mastermind behind the scam. Only half the money allotted for the games i.e. Rs 7000 crore was actually spent. The huge balloon that was brought for the inaugural ceremony of the games was also a center of controversy during the games as it cost the government about a hundred crore. However, the silver lining to this cloud is that he was sent to prison in Tihar Jail for the same.
3. A Raja
Adimuthu Raja, former Union Cabinet minister for Communication and Information Technology grabbed the attention of the world when he was exposed regarding 2G spectrum scam worth Rs. 176,000 crore. He was accompanied by his mentor, Karunanidhi and his daughter Kanimozhi in the same. Consequently, he had to resign from his post. He is accompanying his corrupt comrade, Suresh Kalmadi in Tihar Jail.
2. Karunanidhi – Vice Captain
Karunanidhi, the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu has filled his kitty with all sorts of riches. The head of DMK, a Dravidian political party in Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi’s involvement in scams such as the allotment of tenders for the Veeranam project. He has also been arrested in 2001 on the charges of being involved in corruption in the construction of flyovers in Chennai. He has been consistently accused of nepotism. Allegations were put against him regarding involvement with LTTE in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. His involvement in 2G scam in 2012 left the country baffled as to the amount of wealth, he and his daughter, Kanimozhi, grabbed. During his tenure as the chief minister, the land allotment under the Tamil Nadu Housing Board were said to be guided by personal interests.
1. Sharad Pawar – Captain
This man has completely changed the level of corruption in Indian history. Our honorable agricultural minister, Mr. Pawar has left no stone unturned to stick to the money of the nation like a leech. He is said to be the archenemy of cricket lovers as the onset of brooding corruption in international cricket is largely attributed to his tenure as the President of ICC. He is associated with wheat scam in which he was accused of creating a false shortage of wheat which resulted in him grabbing around 1-1.5% of the scam, about 120 crores. He is also said to have twisted land allotment in his favour in 2004-’07. Pawar is also accused of protecting Lalit Modi against the charges that are levied on him. He is also said to have been involved in various sugar and onion scams where he lobbied the government’s money by conniving a lopsided import-export scheme.