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40% Commission, 100% NO Prosecution

August 27, 2022

Come elections, and along come allegations. And so, it continues, the politics of allegation never leading to prosecution. Rarely are allegations by an Opposition party taken to their logical end.

The Opposition party will kick and scream. They will organise yatras, sit for dharnas and declare bandhs against the ruling party’s corruption. But when they come to power, they do nothing about the issues ‘they were’ fighting for!

In Karnataka, the Congress party has again raked up the 40% commission issue but will it take action?

We ask because it was the Congress party that took away the power of Lokayukta, which operated under an independent Judge and gave it to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that served under the CM!

Thankfully a High Court Bench abolished the ACB, with a question, “How can ACB take action against the CM and members of the ruling party when ACB comes under the CM?!”

The BJP, which was in Opposition when the ACB was formed, did nothing to abolish it when it came to power; the court had to do it.

So, it’s evident that every political party wants to control institutions that can prosecute the corrupt because the political class indulges in high-level corruption.

 On Wednesday, the Karnataka State Contractors Association (KSCA), led by its President D. Kempanna, met Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Siddharamaiah, regarding the 40% problem.

Kempanna, speaking to the press, said Siddharamaiah had assured him that he would raise the issue in the Assembly during the next session, which is next month.

 We have to ask… Really!… How? With what face and moral right are these people, the contractors and Congress, raising this issue?

Haven’t the contractors sinned? Today, Kempanna, the Association President, asks in frustration, “They are shameless people. They ask for a percentage. Are these people our public representatives?”

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 We wish Kempanna felt this disgust when his fellow Government contractors built canals that cracked, schools that caved in and roads that turned into puddles within just two monsoons.

 All these years, the contractors were silent when politicians robbed the taxpayers and shared the loot with them. Now when the politicians are robbing them, they have a problem.

 The contractors now want to protest but, ironically, not against the demand for bribes. They are against the increase in the bribe amount!

 The Congress party, while raking up the 40% issue, must recall that Kempanna, a few months ago, said, “The contractors decades ago used to give 2 percent bribe to local leaders. Then during the Congress’ tenure (2018-19), a Minister’s Department used to take 10 percent of the total tender cost.” 

It’s funny that Kempanna is giving his complaint of 40% commission to an ex-Chief Minister, during whose time, he says, the commission went up to 10 percent!

 Congress is not ashamed that they are being accused of increasing the bribe to 10 percent. Instead, they are bothered about the BJP increasing it by 30 percent! Are they envious that BJP is looting more than them?

It is the Opposition party’s duty to expose the ruling party’s exploits, but they don’t. Why? 

The man who mastered the art of alleging, ‘master-Alleger’ Arvind Kejriwal is probably correct when he says, “I feel both the parties (BJP & Congress) have a husband-wife kind of a relationship. They know each other’s secrets.” This reminds us…

The Karnataka State Contractors’ Association President has stated that BJP MLA from Rajarajeshwari Nagar Munirathna is corrupt and harassing contractors.

Munirathna was a Congress MLA until 2018. During his time with Congress, he was accused in the Rs. 1,500 crore fake bills scam. He was also caught with files relating to Government land at his home during a Lokayukta raid! Back then the BJP asked for an investigation, and Congress did nothing about it.

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In 2018 Karnataka Assembly elections, Munirathna again stood on a Congress ticket. The Election Commission raided an apartment and seized over 9,000 voter ID cards. Munirathna’s name had figured in the scam, and the BJP again accused him of indulging in election malpractice.

During this time, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was campaigning in Karnataka. And in his campaign speech spoke about this voter ID issue and said, “Thousands of voter ID cards were seized. You (voters) be alert. Such sin cannot be allowed during the celebration of democracy (polls).”

But what happened next?

Just a year later, BJP gave him an MLA ticket!

No wonder Munirathna so confidently warned his accusers — either produce proof of corruption before the Governor and Lokayukta, else tender an apology or face Rs. 50 crore defamation!

Ah! Checkmate Congress, checkmate BJP and checkmate KSCA also because Munirathna was a member of KSCA too. So he knows everyone’s secrets, so no one can touch him.

When political parties indulge in horse-trading, what we get is two national parties divided by ideology but united by corruption and unable to achieve prosecution.

The BJP wants a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’, but a ‘Corruption-mukt Bharat’ would be a nobler aspiration. The people wish for low-level corruption to end; that’s their ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

We wonder when the BJP will make laws to curb corruption. And when will any political party prosecute the other?

Is there a tacit understanding between the two national parties to protect each other’s corruption? Where they only allege but never prosecute? I, for one, think so.

That is why I say with a 100% guarantee that this 40% commission issue will be 1,000% closed after the election, even if Congress comes to power with a 100% majority.

So voters enjoy this 100% pure drama and think 1,000 times before you vote.

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8 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “40% Commission, 100% NO Prosecution”

  1. Magadi Kempegowda says:

    This is the true face of India, 75 years after independence.
    Let us not forget that in 1950s, Kengal Hanumanthaiah kicked off the corruption culture by awarding contracts to his friends worth croes for the construction of Vidhana Soudha. That was just 7 years after independence.
    Nijalingappa followed pocketing vast amount of money in a similar way when he approved the location of HMT, BEL and ITI very neat to Bangalore, rather away from it.
    Now, it is the turn of the BJP. Just look at Gujarat,. A mit Shah’s son Jay Shah is amassing wealth behaving like Sanjay Gandhi under Indira Gandhi.
    Who said BJO has no dynastic rule?
    India is one massive corrupt cesspool.

  2. swamy says:

    BJP = Brashtachara joragiro party
    BJP = Botched Joker Party

    Congress = Con …

    JDS = Just Devegowda and Sons.

  3. Howdy, Modi! says:

    That is your filthy and corrupt country , 75 years after independence.
    What would the father of your nation , Mahatma Gandhi think about this sorry state of affairs?
    Would he think that so many who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle, consider their sacrifice was worth it?

  4. Captain Jack Sparrow says:

    Kuruba Siddaramaiah, who was corrupt to the core blame Lingayat Bommai and Yedi the RSS Cheddi for the 40% commission. Gowda Kumaraswamy, whose father Deve Gowda indulged in massive corrupt practices when he was the CM and later as the PM for a short period, when packed every central establishment top positions with Gowdas.
    Congress state and central governments-with the exception of Tamil Nadu under Kamaraj were corrupt gangs.
    Now, it is time for the BJP. More than 40% commission is demanded by Amit Shah the home minister and Jay shah his son-these two rule Guajarat today. Just look at that fat donkey Nadda BJP president-a fat dhadda ( in Kannada) accusing Congress, and Congress in turn accuses the.
    Independent india has become a huge joke!

  5. Jalandhara says:

    Why any one is surprised about this? I should point out to a poster @Shankar who prattled about culture elsewhere, this is the true culture of his country.
    What should surprise is the commission is so low at 40%. One could expect as much as 60%, as Kengal Hanumanthiah, the CM in 1950s, mentioned above, demanded for awarding the Vidhana Soudha contract. He was cleared of course. of any wrong doing.
    Leaving aside the politicians, who are corrupt to their necks, India’s institutions, society and individuals, I find are very corrupt. Although Indians pretend to worship , celebrate festivals placing God or Goddesses at the centre, go to Chamundi Hill Temple to worship, all of them in the background of their corrupt culture!
    I was demanded Rs100 in 1960, by a municipal clerk, for issuing the death certificate of my late father cremated a few days ago then. Otherwise, he said the certificate will remain not filled in for months! I was a student with no other means of income. We wanted the insurance money and pension money of our late father desperately. For these the death certificate copies were required. This so called ‘cultured clerk’ with kumkum on his forehead, knew that my family could not afford it. He knew then that that bribe Rs100 was a large sum in those days. Complaints to the Municipal Commissioner or others in the higher management level did not work. We had to pay it to get the death certificate released.
    So, @Shankar, your remark of culture is bogus, and a pretence that like you, your PM Modi a person who abandoned his wife, preaches to every foreign leader he encounters.
    Have you ever wondered why certain rich people, are allowed into the sanctum sanctorum of the Goddess Chamundeshwari in the Hill Temple? The Temple administrator and the Chief Priest tin collusion collect wads of Rupee notes from the above rich , the money transfers to the Chief Priest’s hand, while he blesses the rich person on the right, offering the prasadams to him! That is right inside a few feet from the Goddess idol!!
    Many have seen it, complained and the result is nothing done!
    This is the real culture of India today, which had had the distinction of given birth to many illustrious saints, having produced rich Vedic and Upanishad scriptures . Nw, look at the low moral threshold of this country!
    The above culture of India-the nepotism was evident in the BVB London Kendra, when the late Mathoor Krishnamurtthy stayed as director for 20+ years-doing nothing, as this Kendra achieved nothing under him and since then, so that he could bring in his future son-in-law, educate him in London , get him married to his adopted daughter and leave him to succeed as the director of the Kendra! From him, you could always hear a Vedic quote!!
    That is India, and its lofty culture these days!!
    Why blame only politicians?

  6. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Deccan Herald reports that the BJP is accusing the AAP leader Kejriwal as corrupt and corruption is in his DNA!
    So Narendra Modi and Amit Shah , with their party mired in corruption in Karnataka, is calling the pot-Kejriwal as black, themselves being the Kettle!
    Narendra Modi, the clean man with an abandoned wife, is forgetting that his chum Amrit Shah and his son Jay Shah-the new Sanjay Gandhi is running a total corrupt administration in Gujarat.
    BJP like Congress does not want any opposition.
    Yes, this is Indian culture! These days it is the BJP culture!!

  7. Sandeep singh says:

    For those who want to know character of Kejriwal here is a link.https://youtu.be/6yso5UxjE8s
    He is a pathological lier bigger than the sum total of all politicians combined
    Last 3 lines of this video sums it all. Kejriwal ‘kids must be saying(translated) ‘ dad you tell as much lie as possible.. no problems but don’t swear on our name.. we want to live long in this world’

  8. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    Hey Singh
    Every politician in India is corrupt. Every institution in India is corrupt. The Indian society is corrupt. Every Indian is corrupt.
    Hence keep away from any delusion.


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