While Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering a feisty and aggressive speech in the parliament on Wednesday afternoon counting all the scams that happened during Congress rule in the country in Maharashtra, the State government decided to suddenly and abruptly transfer an IAS officer known to fight against corruption and inefficiency in every department he has got posted till now. Just highlighting how there is a vast gap between the dreams the prime minister has for the country and what the ground reality in his own BJP ruled states is!
Tukaram Mundhe has been controversial in almost every tenure of his. Earlier, as the Commissioner at the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation he took on the land mafia, illegal constructions and encroachments in a big way. It hurt the political establishment and leaders of all political parties started protesting against him.
In Pune, he took up the revival of ailing PMPML bus transport service and realised that there were too many lobbies with vested interests opposing him. These lobbies have finally won! Mundhe has been transferred in just 11 months after he took charge as PMPML Chief. Usually, any IAS officer is expected to complete a term of about three years in every posting. All this is happening in BJP’s rule in Maharashtra and at the Centre.
So while prime minister speaks of New India, Swachh Bharat and Corruption-Free Governance, the ground reality seems to be that someone fighting against all illegal things such as illegal construction and corruption in public transport service gets no support from the BJP-ruled government at all!
The prime minister said in his speech that Congress-led UPA was fully responsible for NPAs of banks and the country will never forgive the party for its ‘sin’. Congress members protested throughout Modi’s over 90-minute speech, raising slogans and displaying placards. Modi also sought to reach out to the middle class, which is seemingly feeling squeezed by the tax proposals in the Union Budget, saying the government was bringing about ease of living through good governance, improving education, infrastructure and housing.
With some MPs from Andhra Pradesh protesting before his speech over the pending promises at the time of division of the state, Modi accused the Congress of ‘dividing’ the state and earlier the country in 1947 for political gains.
“When we speak about creating new states, we remember the manner in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee created Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. He showed how farsighted decision making is done,” Modi said.
Attacking Congress over its leaders’ claims about the development done by the party in its long rule, Modi said several countries, which had gained independence almost when India had attained it, had surged ahead in development.
He said there was nominal opposition during the first few decades after Independence and Congress held sway and even decided top judicial appointments. “But you spent the entire time singing songs in praise of one family forgetting the country. If you had worked responsibly channelising the energy of people, the country would have reached new heights.”
Some of these points may be valid but the country cannot keep focusing now on what went wrong during the Congress regime. Congress may have committed several big mistakes, but it is now time to think about the current problems and issues of unemployment and inflation or economic slowdown. We cannot perpetually live in history or in the world of dreams!