Congress ministers were not vigilant enought to put down corruption: Chidambaram

"The point is if you say because the Congress party was in power you see all this corruption, then it is mixing up cause and effect relationship. That is illogical."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 27, 2016 10:25 pm
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Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Sunday said the Congress and its ministers were “not vigilant enough” to keep a check on corruption, but maintained it would be “illogical” to blame his party for the menace simply because it was in power. “Corruption cases have been there in every government and I am not denying that. Corruption cases were registered in the 10 years when the UPA was in office. The Congress has been in office earlier also, when Indira Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were Prime Ministers,” Chidambaram said.

“The government of the day the Congress or any other party…let me take the Congress party. The Congress party and party ministers were not vigilant enough to put down corruption. Anyone who abetted corruption, punish him. Nobody said that you should not punish a Congress minister just because he belongs to the Congress,” he added.

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The Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra also said it might appear that Congress has declined, but that does not mean it cannot rise again. He was responding to a question after his keynote address in a session ‘India@70′ at the Delhi Literature Festival. Chidambaram said there is corruption at the lowest level and pointed out cases where government officials were caught taking bribe with Rs 2000 notes.

“Only the other day a Military Engineering Services engineer was caught red-handed with Rs 2,000 notes and two officials of the Kandla port were caught red-handed with Rs 2,000 notes. Corruption is there. All you can point out that government is being not vigilant.

“The point is if you say because the Congress party was in power you see all this corruption, then it is mixing up cause and effect relationship. That is illogical. There is corruption in contracts, auctioning, services that are being rendered everyday, police thanas and municipal offices,” he added.

Several “scams” rocked the UPA-2 government and it was also one of the reasons for Congress’ defeat in the Lok Sabha elections in 2014 and the party was reduced to its lowest tally of 44. He, however, denied the party is facing any leadership crisis.

“If two (BJP’s tally in 1984 Lok Sabha polls) can become 282 (BJP’s tally in 2014). Dont think 44 cannot become 244. I recognise the challenges we face. I also recognise the limitations we have in terms of organisation. I don’t agree with the assessment that Mr Modi won an election and therefore he will win every election.”

“It is a view that the Congress has still not regained or regrouped itself. In 1977, we lost every seat but one in North India from Gujarat to Assam. The South gave us significant seat. The Congress party bounced back. It might appear that we have declined, but that does not mean we cannot rise again,” Chidambaram said.

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  1. P
    Nov 28, 2016 at 3:37 am
    Mr chiddu scamgress were the main culprits of corruption that is why Indians threw them out of power. Indians realised that Manmute sing and scamgress are puppets of the hi family
    1. K
      Nov 27, 2016 at 5:18 pm
      Cheatambaram should know a thing or two about corruption, his son is quite involved in many of the frauds.
      1. A
        Nov 27, 2016 at 5:08 pm
        60 years of congress rule, what excuse do you have ?
        1. V
          vidyadhar reddy
          Nov 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm
          congress has been failed because of clever corruption in 2G, Coal, Commonwealth games. people like Chidambaram, suresh kalmadi, Kapil Sibal, headed by Mrs hi herself was touched by corrections as they were either part or their implicit approval was there. Manmohan was a silent partner with his stoic look and he was happy as long as he was allowed to be the P,M. People are looking at congress because BJP is unable to give them smooth and clean ride...
          1. B
            Nov 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm
            Hmmm... this big-talker should be behind bars !! he should have remembered his big talks before committing ghotalas as FIN min and as Home min ( vanzara and other cases of perfidy). Original Crook in white dress.
            1. B
              Nov 27, 2016 at 5:36 pm
              ha ha ha he is epitomising a adage billi tapaswi bolta hai mans mat khao and hiding its own bloodied face - eating a rat.
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                N.M. Remala
                Nov 27, 2016 at 7:18 pm
                The correct statement should be:"the Congress and its ministers were instrumental in corruption".
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                  Prashant Deshmukh
                  Nov 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm
                  Well said sir, Congress will rise again and will give hard reply to these feku gang who are just keep doing new things to distract people from earlier promises. Cheers !!!
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