‘Cong, BJP Puppets of Corporate Mafia’ - The New Indian Express

‘Cong, BJP Puppets of Corporate Mafia’

Published: 29th December 2013 08:31 AM

Last Updated: 29th December 2013 08:43 AM

The most sinister impact on the country is the creation of a corporate mafia which has gained control over the entire establishment and the decision-making machinery while most of the major political parties, including the Congress and the BJP, have become mere puppets under it, opined Aam Admi Party leader and noted lawyer-social activist Prashant Bhushan here on Saturday.

“Policies have become hostage to the corporate mafia. Who all should become Ministers,who should speak in Parliament etc are decided by the corporates now,” he said.

Speaking at a function set up to honour him with the Pirappancode Sreedharan Nair Memorial Award instituted by the Kerala Lawyers’ Club, Prashant Bhushan said the country had been brought to a state of anarchy.

“The Radia tapes give a glimpse of the control exercised by the corporates in the decision-making system and political parties. Mukesh Ambani was heard boasting in the tapes that Congress was their shop, when he was told by Ranjan Bhattacharya, son-in-law of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee that he might be happy as most of those who had become Ministers in the UPA II Government were his men. “When Pranab Mukherjee was the Finance Minister, a policy decision was taken to provide tax sops with retrospective effect primarily to benefit the Reliance Group. Instead of Arun Shourie who was tipped to oppose the provision inserted in the Finance Bill in Parliament,the BJP decided in the last minute that its former president Venkaiah Naidu will do the job,” he said.

Prashant Bhushan said that corruption had become all pervasive leading to a situation wherein public money and resources are being looted by the corporation. “There is no public interest in many policy decisions but only the commercial interests of corporates. It is very evident with mining rights and granting subsidies to fertilisers and natural gas plants. Environment is being degraded, resources for future generations are deprived and adivasi land is being snatched forcing the tribals to take up arms and become Maoists,” he said. He also said that the judicial system in the country was not delivering effectively for a vast majority of the population.

Opposition leader V S Achuthanandan,who presented the award, noted that Prashant Bhushan’s interventions on many issues through PILs and of late, his role in the formation of  AAP was notable. “It is necessary to take forward the fight against corruption intensely in the current scenario,” he said.

AAP to Contest from State

Addressing a news conference later,Prashant Bhushan said the AAP has a mechanism in 12 districts of the state and hinted that party candidates will be in the fray in many segments in Lok Sabha polls. “Anyone who wants to contest can submit details online which will be in the public domain also. It will be scrutinised by a screening committee of the party and the names will be shortlisted. Any reasonable candidate with reasonable support can aspire to become a candidate,” he said. He also said that AAP would hold discussions with like-minded parties. “Those parties who want to merge with the AAP are also welcome,” he said. Prashant Bhushan said VS was the only honest political leader in the state. “I will hold talks with him,” he said.

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