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‘Congress showing symptoms of decay'

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Steeped in graft due to business-government nexus: CPI(M) organ

NEW DELHI: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Friday said that the Congress, having completed 125 years since its foundation, was showing “symptoms of decay,” and that the party's post-May 2009 triumphalist mood had dissipated.

“On the completion of 125 years since its foundation, the Congress party shows symptoms of decay which have set in due to the corrosive effects of becoming an instrument of the big bourgeoisie, hungry for power and privileges, divorced from the problems and issues of the “ aam aadmi”,” an editorial in the latest edition of the party organ People's Democracy said.

It said the recent All India Congress Committee (AICC) plenary session held at a time when the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was being battered by corruption scandals, price rise, the agrarian crisis and narrowing employment opportunities, severely dented its platform. The problems faced by the organisation were mounting — the revolt by Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and the failure to achieve any breakthrough in the Bihar Assembly elections being pointers.

“Faced with the avalanche of corruption, loss of credibility for the Prime Minister and the government in the tackling of such scandals, the Congress leadership decided that offence [was] the best form of defence.”

The Congress accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of hypocrisy while talking about corruption, pointing to the records of the NDA government and the present Karnataka government, the editorial said.

Rejecting the AICC's political resolution, which accused the CPI(M), too, of actively indulging in corruption in the States where it ruled, the party said the Congress knew well that not a single Minister in the Left-led governments faced a corruption charge. The Congress president, in her speech, sought to put her party on a high moral pedestal as far as corruption was concerned by claiming to have taken prompt action in removing chief ministers and ministers even before charges were proved against them, the editorial said. What was not admitted was that the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and others had to be removed when it became untenable for them to continue in the light of mounting evidence [in the Adarsh Housing scam].

No one realised, the editorial said, that the Congress had become steeped in corruption due to the big business-government nexus that had developed under its dispensation. The Congress leadership saw nothing wrong in having its ministers promote the interests of corporates and getting favours in return, it said. The UPA government's refusal to have a Joint Parliamentary Committee inquiry into the 2G spectrum scandal stood out as an example of how the Congress refused to come to terms with the rot that have set in upon the higher echelons of government. Resolutions adopted in the session sought to portray the party as pursuing social democratic policies. This is just a camouflage, the editorial said.

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