Gang of Four originally meant Jiang Qing, Wang Hongwen, Zhang Chunqiao and Yao Wenyuan who were powerful during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) in China. Anna Hazare spoke of Gang of Four in UPA government without mentioning names. One of them is P. Chidambaram. Second is likely to be Kapil Sibal. Who are the other two? Some talk of Digvijay Singh and Manish Tewari but they are not ministers.
Whoever they are the Gang of Four has succeeded in diverting attention from corruption. First there was attack on Prashant Bhushan ostensibly for his remarks on Kashmir. Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and Kiran Bedi did not agree with Prashant Bhushan. Then Arvind Kejriwal joined the august company headed by George Bush of people who were attacked by shoes. Then reports appeared about Kiran Bediâ€™s travel bills. When the first report appeared Arun Bhatia said Kiran Bedi should sue Indian Express for five crore rupees for defamation and give that money to her trust. However Kiran Bedi did not do that. Swamy Agnivesh accused Arvind Kejriwal of misappropriation. Two core committee members quit. Anna Hazare took the vow of silence.
It was not all doom and gloom for activists. NDTV conferred Indian of the Year Award on Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal.
On 29/10/2011 core committee met in Ghaziabad and decided to continue the fight for Jan Lokpal Bill.
Chinaâ€™s Gang of Four members lost power and went to prison. Anna Hazare and Yashwant Sinha have said that P. Chidambaram should be in jail.
On 1/10/2011 I came across a sentence about Sheila Dikshit â€“ â€œSee how skilfully she handled the CAG report on CWG compared to how many other Congressmen blundered.â€ The writer wants Sheila Dikshit to be Indiaâ€™s Home Minister. Many people refer to Commonwealth Games as CWG but since Commonwealth is one word I refer to Commonwealth Games as CG.
I do not know what Sheila Dikshit did. Congress members who wanted B. S. Yediyurappa to resign a week before Karnataka Lokayukta submitted his report came to her defence soon after the CAG report. Lokayukta is a statutory authority. CAG is a constitutional authority. Delhi Lokayukta had submitted a report against Sheila Dikshit and PWD minister. Shunglu Committee report was against her.
Why is it that Sheila Dikshit continues as chief minister when there were three occasions when she should have quit? Did she threaten that she would not go down alone but take Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi with her? Did she bribe or threaten BJP members or other politicians? What did she do to silence TV channels about her?
Anyway CG scam is not over. On 3/10/2011 Headlines Today reported the continuing scam of CG stadia. Lakhs of rupees are given every month for maintenance of every stadium yet nothing is done to maintain them. Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was renovated at the cost of 961 crore rupees and now 78 lakh rupees are spent to maintain it. On another stadium 56 lakh rupees are spent per month. Similar is the case other stadia. Where has the money gone? Shivaji Stadium that should have been ready before Commonwealth Games is not ready even now, one year after the event.
A corrupt chief ministerâ€™s place is in jail and not in Indiaâ€™s Home Ministry.
MPs are free to move privilege motion against anyone including PM. Sometime back BJP had moved a privilege motion against PM. Article 105 of the Constitution does not define the privileges of MPs. It does not say Parliament can send someone to jail. Some MPs want to punish Om Puri and Kiran Bedi for what they said against MPs. MPs say the dignity of Parliament has been violated. Om Puri has issued a qualified apology on TV channels. He said he was offended when Manish Tewari accused Anna Hazare of corruption. Kiran Bedi has stood by her words. She said it was a game changer.
Where is the dignity of Parliament when MPs repeatedly disrupt Parliament? Days pass without doing any work. Sometimes whole sessions are disrupted. Many MPs donâ€™t attend Parliament for most of the days. Foul means are adopted to get majority in Parliament. When there is need of SP, BSP and RJD votes CBI finds no evidence in cases against Mayawati, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Laloo Prasad Yadav. MPs are not to hold offices of profit however they declare them as not offices of profit and hold them.
It is a myth that MPs are elected by people. Most of them get less than half of votes. Some lose Lok Sabha elections and are elected to Rajya Sabha. Mani Shankar Aiyar was nominated to Rajya Sabha.
Many people are in support of what Om Puri and Kiran Bedi said. Some feel MPs should do better things then debate privilege motions. MPs may not like what Om Puri and Kiran Bedi said about them but they should know many people like that. Many people may come out wearing caps or T-shirts with words â€I am Om Puriâ€ or â€œI am Kiran Bediâ€ and surround Parliament.