Chidambaram blames constitutional bodies for perception about UPA corruption

Blaming constitutional bodies for the perception, Chidambaram asserted that corruption had not worsened during UPA rule.

New Delhi | Published:January 30, 2014 2:21 pm
Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the situation was "not worse" during the UPA rule. Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the situation was “not worse” during the UPA rule.

Blaming constitutional authorities for widespread perception about corruption, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said that the situation was “not worse” during the UPA rule.

“I agree there is corruption…I won’t say it got worse,” he told BBC in an interview, when asked that 92 per cent of people surveyed believe that corruption situation worsened.

Corruption, the Minister said, “has been magnified…We are now looking at policy decisions on which there can be debate as instances of corruption and since these have been magnified by some constitutional authorities, there is a widespread perception that corruption has become worse”.

The government, he added, was aware of the problem and was dealing with it.

Congress-led UPA government has faced series of corruption allegations. These include 2G spectrum allocation, coal block distribution, Adarsh society and conduct of Commonwealth Games. The alleged scams surfaced following reports of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), a constitutional body.

Chidambaram retorted by saying that corruption was not only limited to India, but is being witnessed in other countries also.

On large number of Members of Parliament and state legislator facing criminal chargers, the Finance Minister said “that is no different of what we read, say in The Economist or The Time Magazine or in The Wall Street Journal, about law makers in other countries”.

On the prospects of success of forthcoming general elections, the Minister said “(Congress Vice-President) Rahul Gandhi is young. He has now being named as the leader of the election campaign. He may lead us to victory in 2014. But even if he doesn’t, can you assert that he cannot lead us to victory in the next election?”.

Chidambaram further said the Congress led UPA has been in office for the past 10 years and might have made some mistakes and (also had) successes.

“People will vote and decide whether they want to re-elect us or not,” he added.

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    abha
    Jan 31, 2014 at 8:01 am
    Modi is completely a puppet of corporate's and business. corporate fund his election campaign and modi provide them land on cheep rates.
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      Aditya Gandhi
      Jan 31, 2014 at 6:13 am
      If we see carefully nobody is talking about the progress made by the common man in the last ten years...The rich people are jealous of the poor coming ahead!
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        Manish Singh
        Jan 31, 2014 at 11:59 am
        In reality UPA government hardly involve in the corruption but due to some consutional body who represent the government problem in different way, misguide the people towards government.
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          anoop
          Jan 31, 2014 at 8:14 am
          corruption is in every part of this world. the main thing is that who is actually fighting it. congress gave us weapons to fight corruption like RTI, whistle blower protection bill, e-governance and recently lokpal bill.
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            Sanjay
            Jan 31, 2014 at 12:56 am
            WOW ! He is blaming supreme court now. Does he means Raja, Kalmadi in jail, Aadarsh scam all that is perception because of consutional body?
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              Aarti Khan
              Jan 31, 2014 at 6:07 am
              Some consutional bodies really magnified the problems of UPA government from different angle which change the perception of people towards government.
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                Aarti Khan
                Jan 31, 2014 at 6:57 am
                Some consutional bodies really magnified the problems of UPA government from different angle which change the perception of people towards government.
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                  pooja
                  Jan 31, 2014 at 9:32 am
                  This is good time . We have to take effective decision for next five years. Who will be the our new PM. MY vote for the Rahul hi .........Please you also support them.
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                    Faizaan Ahmed
                    Jan 31, 2014 at 5:30 am
                    Chidambaram is correct.Obviously corruption is a problem of perception And UPA has worked hard in removing corruption. The Lokpal Bill, RTI Act are the milestones in our political system
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                      Faizaan Ahmed
                      Jan 31, 2014 at 6:11 am
                      Not just RTI and Lokpal Bill pla an important role in removing or minimising corruption, but it has also empowered a lot of people
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                        Faizaan Ahmed
                        Jan 31, 2014 at 6:09 am
                        One cannot ignore the fact that UPA has pla an important role in the anti-corruption movement. Without them the introduction of Lokpal Bill and RTI would not have been possible
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                          Diksha Singh
                          Jan 31, 2014 at 6:58 am
                          Many voices raising against the UPA government regarding the corruption issue, but we have to know that the government who giving us the weapons to fight from the corruption how can be corrupt. RTI and Lokpal bill two important weapons given by government to us.
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                            deepakumari
                            Jan 31, 2014 at 9:30 am
                            Rahul has all the ability to lead the nation. I think he should be able to take the PM post and Take the decision for the welfare of the citizen of the India.
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                              Kunal Vaidya
                              Jan 31, 2014 at 6:17 am
                              Painting all the leaders of the Congress corrupt is indeed the propaa of Modi... He should first see his own past!
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                                Maninder Dhawan
                                Jan 31, 2014 at 6:15 am
                                This all can be attributed to malicious propaa spread by Modi who is supported by big corporate houses!!!
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                                  nishant
                                  Jan 31, 2014 at 9:29 am
                                  I think Rahul is the key of Congress party. He is the good leader with good decision maker.Which is good for the country ,First he makes the desion and then implement them.
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                                    pprasad
                                    Jan 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm
                                    he will blame everyone except his corrupt congressis.
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                                      Sumit Andrews
                                      Jan 31, 2014 at 6:11 am
                                      I think Corruption's perception was indeed blown out of proportion...There was wide scale corruption in the NDA government!
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                                        tarun
                                        Jan 31, 2014 at 9:33 am
                                        I think this is good time for us. Rahul is leading their party campaign. I'm sure he will be gives us more chance to grow more and more.
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