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How Modi Govt fights corruption & black money

* Modi minister for transport and shipping Nitin Gadkari's daughter Ketaki married in Nagpur on 4 December. Top RSS and BJP leaders attended the wedding including Mohan Bhagwat and Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Gadkari’s office said “only 12 chartered planes” ferried VVIPs for the wedding while Nagpur airport authority sources said at least 28 chartered planes from diverse locations landed at the airport till 5 pm on Sunday, 4 December. Like an earlier Gadkari wedding, expenses of this royal event must be mind-boggling.
* The five-day wedding of mining baron and former Karnataka BJP minister Janardhana Reddy’s daughter in mid-November, while whole of India was standing in queues outside bank branches and ATMs, cost Rs 550-crore, with BJP and Congress leaders in attendance amid nearly 50,000 guests invited to the event including top Bollywood stars and 500 dancers from troupes in Chennai and Hyderabad. Meanwhile, a suicide note left by K C Ramesh, a driver, said that Reddy had illegally exchanged Rs 100 crore to finance the wedding.
* A BJP MLA from Maharashtra, Ram Kadam, presented a brand new Mercedes car to his minor son as birthday gift two weeks after Modi announce demonetisation.
* Days before the announcement of monetisation, BJP paid crores in cash for land deals in 25 districts of Bihar making cash payments.
* Rs 3 crore was deposited by West Bengal BJP in its bank account the very day the demonetisation was anounced at 8 pm.
* Leaked documents said Sahara company paid  Rs 40.1 crore bribes to 'Modi ji'/'CM Gujarat' among many other BJP luminaries including the chief minister of Madhya Pradesh. Another leaked document found during raids at the offices of Aditya Birla Group said the group paid Modi a bribe of Rs 25 crore. These documents were found during raids on Sahara and Birla group offices in 2013 and 2014.
*Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal alleged on 23 September this year that a Union minister and another Delhi leader from a prominent party were involved in the functioning of brothels on GB Road in Delhi.
* On 8 September this year a car was intercepted by Ghaziabad police and found to be carrying Rs 3 crore in cash, a clear case of black money. The money was allowed to be carried after the occupants claimed it was being transferred to the BJP in Lucknow. (These are only a few examples from recent reports)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 4

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