The book ‘Unknown Facets of Rajiv Gandhi, Jyoti Basu and Indrajit Gupta’ written by Dr. A P Mukherjee
Bofors to Campa Cola Compound: Misuse of Caged Parrot from Rajiv Gandhi to MMS
The desperate fight of the residents of Mumbai’s Campa Cola Compound to save their homes is a tragic reminder of the builder-politician-bureaucrat nexus that thrives across the country at the cost of the middle class. All three parties’ builders, bureaucrats and politicians involved know very well that it is very easy wash their hands off acts of illegality.
As in the case of Campa Cola Compound demolition case, here in defense deals three parties Defense dealers, politicians and bureaucrats always involve themselves. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi wanted commission paid by defense deals means defense suppliers to be used exclusively for the purpose of meeting expenses of running the Congress, a former CBI director of 1989-90 Dr A P Mukherjee has claimed in his just released autobiography book ‘Unknown Facets of Rajiv Gandhi, Jyoti Basu and Indrajit Gupta’. This book is on issues of corruption and middlemen in defense deals.
Rajiv, incidentally, was caught in the thick of the Bofors guns bribery via Sonia Gandhi’s nearest Italian relatives, scandal at that time and lost power later that year.
Rajiv, he says, had come to know that some senior officers of the armed forces had been surreptitiously collecting huge amounts of money as “commissions” in most defence purchases, quite often in connivance with some ministers, middlemen and civilian officers as well.
Rajiv, the former CBI director says, “discussed this problem with some of his trusted colleagues and advisers when it was suggested by some that all commissions as payable or usually paid to middlemen should be banned but the commissions to be given as a matter of routine practice by the suppliers of major defense materials could be pooled under the care of some non-government entity which could be utilized solely for the purpose of meeting the inescapable expenses of the party.
Today, when the discussion about political funding is widespread, it is a revelation that the Congress Party had encouraged replacement of middlemen with political cadres. Whilst commissions in large defense deals are illegal, kickbacks were collected and as established in this book, diverted for political purposes.
In the decade of 80s all discussions aboutBofors to the Vvip choppergare, submarine deals and airbus purchases all revolved around kickbacks. It has always been a question in public discourses as to whom the recipients of these kickbacks were and into whose account the kickbacks flowed. The revelation in this book partly answers not just these questions, but also points a finger at the direction where these funds were channeled to.
* Banning Superstition by one hand and Promoting Superstition chasing saint’s dreams on gold deposits by other hand, Is this less than black magic of Sonia and Rahul’s Congress? The glue links all scams in the last three decades.
Dr. A P Mukherjee claims in this book, that as an Additional Director of the CBI, he had detailed conversations with Rajiv Gandhi. Did he intend to replace the commercial middlemen with political middlemen? What happened to the tall claims that Rajiv Gandhi had made about cleaning up the top end of the political system?
* Rajiv Gandhi’s dream is shaped by his son-in-law VadraAfter bofors, now comes DLF-Vadra scam. Shadows of Sonia Gandhi and her Italian relative Ottavio Quattrocchi were behind the Bofors scandal.
And now, his son Rahul Gandhi is also talking about a new politics. His followers project him as the messiah of clean and new politics. Even now several big-ticket corruptions, such as Augusta Westland, Coalgate, 2G Spectrum, ISRO-Devas, all remain unanswered. Bofors too has come back to centre stage. Where do Smt Sonia Gandhi, Shri Rahul Gandhi and the Party stand on these issues?
Instead of falling back on their USP of playing the communal card, it is time for the Congress Party to answer and explain about the various kickbacks, their recipients and the utilization of such monies.
Does Rahul Gandhi want to continue with his politics, carrying this baggage, without answering such questions? What is the secrecy behind the foreign funding to Kejriwal and others?
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