Written by Sanjeev Kulkarni
Econintersect: In an October 12, 2012 article "India: Mangoes in a Banana Republic?," this author had wondered: "The tired citizens of India wonder about when the next scam will hit them".
This has been answered: Within a week.
The ink on story an alleged scam scam by Robert Vadra, son in law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, has yet to dry when another major scandal has rocked the nation.
Note: There is a video update on the Vadra story at the end of this article.
" When my source told me that Salman Khurshid was involved I couldn't believe my ears."
"Rookie politician Arvind Kejriwal did the unthinkable last week. He pointed an accusing finger at Gandhi family son-in-law Robert Vadra for amassing huge wealth in a short span of time through questionable deals with real estate giant DLF.The new kid on the block had just broken the Omerta code of Indian politics: never rake muck about family members of top leaders in public"It is ironic that Kejriwal's Vadra salvo should have hit both national parties equally hard, albeit in different ways. The Congress is extremely rattled, as is evident from its flip-flop defensive strategies, first sending out top ministers to defend Vadra and then withdrawing them when there was a backlash.The opposition party BJP is equally rattled""There are some unwritten rules of our politics, " a senior BJP leader told TOI-Crest. (He did not want to be identified. )""Yes, Kejriwal has stolen our thunder. And rightly so. Last year, the BJP had in its possession the same documents Kejriwal waved at his press conference but after an intense discussion, the leadership decided not to rake up the issue in Parliament even after submitting a motion in each House asking for a discussion.In an oblique reference to the Omerta code of silence, Sushma Swaraj of BJP is supposed to have insisted that children not be dragged into political controversy while Rajnath Singh apparently said that most political leader's offspring are involved in real estate deals."
" Is Kejriwal the game-changer, India's moribund politics has been waiting for, the piped piper who will lead the rats to their destruction with sniper shot exposes of corruption?"
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