Recently dedicating several government schemes to the nation, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at a village in Gujarat said that each paisa of every rupee reached the beneficiary because his administration rooted out corruption and middleman. He said it was a ground reality in his government. Rooting out corruption was the first and foremost aim of the BJP government. It came to power highlighting the alleged scams cropped up during the UPA 2 government. While during the UPA 1 government, the Congress gained strength and broadened its grass-root support, the second phase attracted the wrath of people and flak from the opposition parties. The only party in the opposition that threw a challenge to the ruling party was the BJP. It was a strong opposition that gained broad-based support to give a real fight to the Congress. During the Rajiv Gandhi regime, the BJP had only two MPs in the Lok Sabha, but the party president at that time L K Advani with his political acumen expanded the grass-root support and it resulted in the party emerging as the single largest elected force. Resultantly the senior most leader Atal Behari Vajpayee became Prime Minister in the first NDA government and successfully completed the term.
However, in 2014 it was the second biggest icon of the party Narendra Modi who led the party to a spectacular victory. The BJP got absolute majority after three decades. And it was miracle clicked by Narendra Modi. The biggest promise was to give the people clean and transparent government. People believed in him wholeheartedly and supported him to get the majority for a stable government. Today the Prime Minister is in a position to claim that the middleman has been removed. The corruption may not have been eliminated fully, but it is fast on the decline and no doubt the credit goes to the Prime Minister totally. The middleman is the illegal child of corruption. From big projects to common government schemes meant to provide various benefits to people at large, the middleman plays havoc. Keeping this fact in view, the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi once remarked that out of one rupee that the government released, only 15 paisa reached the beneficiary and the rest would be gobbled by the middleman. It was a stark reality of the administration. The Prime Minister is now in a position to claim that the one rupee released by him without any diminution reached the targeted beneficiary. The Prime Minister indirectly referred to the remark of his predecessor and showed the difference between the two regimes. He also spoke of another big scheme that is Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme for Rural Areas. He said under the scheme every family of the country would have a house of its own till 2022. This is not simply a promise but one can find the ground reality by visiting the Rural Development Ministry website which shows the progress of the government plan. While dedicating over one lakh houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in Gujarat’s Valsad district, the Prime Minister said it was possible because there was no place for bribes to government officials or through a middleman. During his one day visit to his home state Gujarat, he inaugurated many welfare schemes and stressed that his government tried its best to eliminate corruption from the administration.
While it is a fact that no scam erupted since Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, but in recent past the Congress came forward with serious corruption charges on Rafale deal. The Congress also announced that the issue of corruption would be highlighted in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections. The government as well as Mukesh Ambani of the Reliance Empire denied the charge, but the allegation should be proved baseless with concrete proof lest it may hurt the image of the government and the party.