New Delhi: The spectre of corruption was back to haunt the government with a combative opposition demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the official auditor's report that irregularities in coal block allocation led to national losses of Rs 1.86 lakh crore ($37 billion). But the people in Congress are aggressive enough to re-route the attention towards other things. They have very smartly taken all the contemplation over to the price hikes in fuels and now people have got a new topic to discuss and debate, forgetting the major economical crisis faced by the country through scams.
When the “Coal-gate” issue seemed to be a rising affair to the reigning government, as the congressmen were going out of answers and were being literally axed by the questions that came from all sides, they found a vigorous way out. They gave the public an issue, that will have a personal effect and consequently people will dive into adjusting and managing their pockets.
There is not just one scam that Congress has baked but scams like the 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scam, airport public-private-partnership scam have been previously discussed and deterred apart from the common man.
The diesel prises rose by Rs 5 a liter and only 6 LPG gas cylinders could now be availed at subsidized rates i.e. the cancellation of subsidy from the seventh cylinder, is proving to be a major and direct smack to the citizens of the nation. They say that the decision has been taken to bring a balance in the rates of diesel and petrol, and provide a relief to the petroleum companies who are suffering losses in crores.
This government can easily be called the government of corruption and loot. Issues like “coal-gate” surface, hoax is made, Parliament is disrupted several times, media frenzy is generated but one tick and all goes boom, this is exactly what has happened here.
Earlier, the Congress slammed Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) as it defended the coal block sale decision and said that they should desist from 'putting numbers' and exceeding its mandate. CAG reportedly said that the sale decision has cost the government exchequer loss of Rs 1.86 lakh crore.
Trouble increased for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) held a preliminary probe into the controversial allotment of coal fields to private companies when the prime minister was in-charge of the Coal Ministry. The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) forwarded the case to CBI for investigating the alleged irregularities in coal block allocation process and it will complete its preliminary probe by August.
Several political parties demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the alleged irregularities pointed out in the CAG report as he had held the coal portfolio between 2006 and 2009.
Issues are talked and forgotten by a simple step, taken strategically like this. Commoners are now busy with rectifying the usage of their daily expenses. It has also roped in media, which is now focusing on the problems of the common man, as how this hike has made things difficult for them. Quite a strategy, we would say!