Presidential polls: In Patel steps, a Pranab clue
Sanjay K Jha
New Delhi: The capital on Friday kept its eyes glued to the footprints of Ahmed Patel, seeking divine clues to the presidential polls after a Congress core committee meeting around noon. Among the multiple destinations of Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary was an uncommon one: North Block, which houses the office of finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.
Patel, who had gone to 10 Janpath after the core committee meeting at the Prime Minister’s residence, reached Mukherjee’s office around 5pm. Patel spent 50 minutes with the Congress’s veteran trouble-shooter. The duration of the meeting became a subject of dissection among the capital’s power trackers, throwing up two conflicting conclusions. The less-accepted assessment was that Patel needed the 50 minutes to convince Mukherjee of the reasons why his name was not being proposed for President.
But the conclusion that gained wider currency was that Patel and Mukherjee discussed suggestions that can be put forward to the leadership to fill the vacancy and address the possible chain-reaction of changes in the government if the finance minister moves to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Once Patel stepped out, Mukherjee met several finance ministry officials and later left for Calcutta. On record, the Congress refused to confirm or deny if the core committee had cleared Mukherjee as the presidential candidate.
Some Congress leaders insisted it was still too early to speak with finality as Sonia had to formally propose her party’s nominee to the allies and other supporting parties before declaring the candidate. Sonia wants all alliance partners in Delhi around June 16, when the UPA candidate is expected to file nomination papers for the presidential election, the Congress leaders said. All senior UPA leaders are being sounded out.
Congress leaders advised “patience” but privately conceded that Mukherjee was still the most probable choice. Sources in parties such as the DMK and the NCP said their perception, too, was that Mukherjee was the real candidate. But the Congress leaders cautioned in the same breath that a last-minute surprise could not be ruled out, perhaps keeping in mind how Sonia sprang Pratibha Patil’s name the last time.
“One week is a lot of time in politics,” one senior AICC functionary said while explaining “the decision depends on so many imponderables”. Many cabinet ministers have started lobbying for the two coveted posts — finance minister and leader of the Lok Sabha — that will fall vacant if Mukherjee moves on.
It will not be easy for Sonia to find a replacement to fill the political void if Mukherjee shifts to Rashtrapati Bhavan and hence some leaders still refuse to believe this could happen. Another section feels it is time the party built another rung of crisis-managers for the future.
Call for President of stature, a head with an aura
Thursday, 07 June 2012
New Delhi: Wanted, a head of state with an “aura”. As the political establishment waits for Sonia Gandhi to reveal her choice for the next occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan, a key player from the heartland and a former BJP Union minister outlined their views on the kind of President they expected.
Both stressed it should be a person of stature. The Samajwadi Party, whose support counts numerically in the electoral college that votes the next President, has let it be known it wouldn’t settle for a “dark horse” or a “lightweight” choice. The leader, who is close to Samajwadi president Mulayam Singh Yadav, said the party’s choice was finance minister Pranab Mukherjee.
“There will be hundred per cent consensus over Pranabda’s name. Wait and see, even the BJP and the NDA will back him. If he is not the UPA’s choice and Congress leaders spring a surprise like they did in 2007 (Pratibha Patil’s candidacy), we might reconsider our support. We will look at other options. The President’s office carries a certain aura, a gravitas and nobody should foist a non-serious nominee,” the leader said. Sources said Mulayam had conveyed the same views to the Congress president.
Former BJP foreign and finance minister Jaswant Singh dismissed speculation that he was an aspirant sparked by a meeting he had weeks ago with Mulayam. But he said the “office of the President should not be through an election that is infected with party politics and convenience”. Singh emphasised that the President must have a “stature that is recognised not simply within India but has an international footprint”.
The BJP has chosen to wait for the UPA to unveil its hand after Lok Sabha Opposition leader Sushma Swaraj’s first outburst ruling out Vice-President Hamid Ansari and endorsing Kalam. But Singh was clear on what the nominee “should be” like. “He or she should be someone with an understanding of the ethos of India and grasp the essence of the challenges confronting the country,” he said. “If you reduce it to the political convenience of parties, I am afraid you will miss these.”
-The Telegraph, Calcutta
Pranab Mukherjee’s Emergency past. He has been indicted by Shah Commission. He is unfit to be President.
Pranab Mukherjee’s Emergency past. He has been indicted by Shah Commission. He is unfit to be President.
Anyone who reads the indictment by Shah Commission as brought out in the report brought to light by Era Chezhiyan should not even consider Pranabda’s candidacy. He has been indicted by the Commission and is unfit to hold the office of President of Bharat. This article by V. Sundaram should be distributed to every voter in Presidential election. Let not the nation insult the sacred memory of Justice Shah who has given us a roadmap for a truly democratic nation through his Shah Commission Report which should be read and re-read by every politician and every voter in the forthcoming Presidential poll. Particular attention is invited to the way Pranabda tortured a noble aatman, Smt. Gayatri Devi. Read on the expose…
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2011
PRANAB MUKERJEE! WHAT A GREAT SON OF BENGAL (REWRITING HISTORY OF INDIA)INDEED!!!-I
Bankim Chandra Chatterjee (1838-1894) of Bande Mataram fame observed in 1882: “There are distortions and systematic suppressions of the achievements and physical prowess of the Hindus in the country of Western scholars. None of the books on Bengal written by British authors contain a true history of Bengal. The Bengalis have to write their history themselves, from their own viewpoint and relating to their own interests. We need a history of Bengal; otherwise there will be no hope for Bengal. But who will write it? You will write it, I will write it, every one will write this history. Whoever is Bengali will write it.”
Perhaps, Pranab Mukherjee has nothing but unconcealed contempt and hatred for the great Bengali leaders like, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Swami Vivekananda, Deshbandhu Chittaranjan Das, Sri Aurobindo and Rash Behari Bose, who created the political and cultural Renaissance in Bengal in the last quarter of the 19th Century and the 1st quarter of the 20th Century. Drawing vicarious inspiration from the message of Bankim Chandra Chatterjee to rewrite Indian History, today Pranab Mukherjee is working round the clock to rewrite the history of India according to the Firangi Memsahib Sonia’s anti-Hindu and anti-India model and perspective. Today he is committed only to the cause (nay, because!) of imposing a Sonia cum Rahul Gandhi Family-led Gargantuan Corruption Renaissance on this poverty stricken country!
At the Beginning was the 2G Scam.
The 2G Scam was Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi IS 2G Scam.
At the Beginning was the CWG Scam.
The CWG Scam was Sonia Gandhi.
Sonia Gandhi IS CWG Scam.
Any Sonia scam is Pranab scam.
Any Pranab scam is Sonia scam.
Pranab laundering for Sonia
Chidambaram laundering for Sonia
Is the whole time occupation of the Sonia Congress Party
To the ecstasy of all Hawala Operators.
Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi is the Mother Superior of all Scams in India today. Her only tower of strength and alter ego is Pranab Mukherjee. The whole country knows that Pranab Mukherjee — Jo Memsahib kahenge, vahi hum karange! — is the Chief Money Launderer for Sonia Gandhi. This patent fact has been clearly brought out into the open arena of public limelight by Dr Subramanian Swamy, the President of Janata Party.
Dr Subramanian Swamy has recently issued a stern, grim and scorching STATEMENT on 11thMarch 2011 against the unabashed, uncontrolled, unchecked and unconcealed black money laundering activities of the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee undertaken with unmatched devotion and enthusiasm for and on behalf of Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi. I am giving below the full text of the Statement issued by Dr Subramanian Swamy:
“The grant of bail to the notorious money launderer, Mr. Hasan Ali, is due to the collusive behaviour of the ED on direction of the Union Finance Minister Mr. Pranab Mukherjee. MR. MUKHERJEE HAS BEEN A LONG TIME MONEY LAUNDERER FOR MS. SONIA GANDHI. His frequent trips to Chittarajan Park, New Delhi, over the last two decades, were only to arrange for money transfers for Ms. Sonia Gandhi through Hawala Operators.”
“Hasan Ali was a conduit for Mr. Pranab Mukherjee—through Ms. Sonia Gandhi’s, Political Secretary Mr. Ahmed Patel MP. Mr. Patel has met Mr. Hasan Ali many times according to the interrogation records with the Maharashtra Police.”
“Hence, I demand that for a free and fair investigation by ED, Mr. Mukherjee must made to resign from the Finance Ministership, or ED be transferred to the PMO.” (Subramanian Swamy)
What has been the track record of this by no means honest Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee? It is anything but honourable! Pranab Mukherjee was the most favourite domestic orderly in the ‘Imperial Household’ of that wicked dictator Indira Gandhi. During the dark days of the draconian Emergency of Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977, Pranab Mukherjee was the biggest CHAMCHA of that unruly gangster Sanjay Gandhi. Pranab Mukherjee from the Indira Congress Party and Navin Chavla from the bureaucracy were the two hatchet men of Sanjay Gandhi. With dictatorial authority, Pranab Mukherjee upon the oral instructions of Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi sent innocent men and women to Tihar Jail, and tortured them. Upon oral instructions of Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, he elevated the willing slaves of the Indira Congress Party as Chairmen and Managing Directors of Nationalized Banks.
Thus Pranab Mukherjee in his official capacity as Minister of State for Revenue and Expenditure in the anti-people Government of Indira Gandhi, violated all administrative rules and procedures and functioned in the most illegal, irregular, immoral, unethical and irresponsible manner. Taking advantage of his personal equation with Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi, he treated the then Union Minister for Finance C. Subramaniam with unalloyed contempt.
When Indira Gandhi came to power again in 1980, she was under the delusion that she was aChiranjeevinee and will continue to rule as the unchallenged Prime Minister of India for the next 10,000 years till the Year of the Lord 10,981 AD. For criminal favours rendered with unswerving slavish devotion by Pranab Mukherjee to Indira Gandhi during Emergency — sending Maharani Gayatri Devi of Jaipur, a former Swatantra Party Member of Parliament and the Rajmata of Gwalior Vijayaraje Scindia to Tihar Jail — Pranab Mukherjee was rewarded with the post of Union Finance Minister by Indira Gandhi in 1982!
To investigate the widespread misuse and abuse of power during the imposition of double Emergencies, External and Internal, by Indira Gandhi in 1975-1977, the Janata Government headed by Morarji Desai appointed in May 1978 a Commission of Inquiry under JUSTICE J.C SHAH, FORMER CHIEF JUSTICE OF SUPREME COURT. Justice Shah investigated enormous number of cases and assiduously recorded a voluminous mass of evidence from the former Union Ministers and officials and submitted his Report in August 1978. Due to internecine quarrel and split in the Janata Party, the Morarji Desai Government fell in August 1978.
ON HER RETURN TO POWER IN 1980, INDIRA GANDHI TOOK ACTION ON A WAR SCALE TO SEIZE ALL COPIES OF THE SHAH COMMISSION REPORT AND DESTROYED THEM TO THE EXTENT THAT PROMINENT WEB-SITES, JOURNALISTS AND SCHOLARS HAVE COME TO CONCLUDE THAT “not a single copy of Shah Commission Report exists in India”.
Taking a very statesman-like view that a precious historical and political document cannot die and should not be allowed to be “buried” and hidden, from the public of India, Era Sezhian, a former Member of Parliament during the THREE EMERGENCIES from 1962 to 1977, has come forward to compile and edit the full text of the SHAH COMMISSION REPORT. He has written a very detailed, scholarly and brilliant introduction to this new Edition (December 2010) of the Shah Commission Report appropriately titled as the ‘SHAH COMMISSION REPORT (Lost and Regained)’.
I am presenting below the front cover page of the ‘SHAH COMMISSION REPORT (Lost and Regained)’ which has been reissued by Era Sezhian.
I have already referred above to the criminal excesses of Pranab Mukherjee during the days of Emergency of Indira Gandhi from June 1975 to March 1977. In the most corrupt Sonia-directed UPA Government today, Pranab Mukherjee has become an obliging and ever willing satrap in the murky world of money laundering for and on behalf of the Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi to whom – and to no one else – he owes his Cabinet post to boot!
In his very detailed Report given in August 1978, Justice J.C. Shah has adversely commented upon the illegal, unconstitutional and murky activities of Pranab Mukherjee during the days of Emergency from 1975 to 1977. I am giving below a few excerpts from the Shah Commission Report.
Like a Lower Division Clerk with very low cunning and trying to fudge a government file, Pranab Mukherjee also fudged the connected file relating to the illegal detention of Smt Gayatri Devi and Colonel Bhavani Singh. This has been highlighted and very adversely commented upon by Justice J.C Shah on Page 81 of his Interim Report 1 given on March 11, 1978. Let us hear the words of Justice Shah on Pranab Mukherjee, the then Union Minister for Revenue and Expenditure:
7.222 “Shri Pranab Mukherjee recorded a Note on September 7, 1975 which reads as under: ‘May be released on parole as proposed. However PM may kindly see.’
7.223 “Shri Mukherjee marked this Note to PM. The Secret Movement Register maintained by the then Personal Staff of the Minister of Revenue and Expenditure, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, which has been put up before the COMMISSION, shows that the relevant file bearing No: 686/100/75-CUS VIII/75 with the Notes of Shri C.T.A Pillai and Finance Secretary indicating the subject ‘Representation from Smt Gayathri Devi and Shri Bhavani Singh’ was marked to Shri Dhawan APS to PM on September 7, 1975 and was sent in a sealed cover. What decision was taken by the Prime Minister in the matter is not indicated in the file, but it has been noticed thatSHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE PASSED HIS EARLIER NOTE DATED SEPTEMBER 7, 1975 RECOMMENDING RELEASE ON PAROLE. IF THE NOTE SHEET PAGE IS PUT AGAINST BRIGHT LIGHT, THE NOTING OF SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE REPLACED EARLIER CAN BE EASILY READ. THIS FILE WAS PUTUP BEFORE THE COMMISSION. … AFTER PASTING HIS EARLIER NOTE, SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE RECORDED ANOTHER NOTE ON SEPTEMBER 12, 1975 WHEREIN HE ORDERED THE REJECTION OF THE REQUEST REGARDING THE REVOCATION OF THE EARLIER ORDER OF DETENTION. SINCE SHRI PRANAB MUKHERJEE HAS NOT CHOSEN TO APPEAR BEFORE THECOMMISSION, AND GIVE EVIDENCE AND EXPLAIN THE VARIOUS MATTERS ATTRIBUTABLE TO HIM, IT CAN ONLY BE INFERRED THAT HIS SUBSEQUENT NOTING REJECTING THE REQUEST FOR REVOCATION OF THE DETENTION ORDER MAY HAVE BEEN ON THE ADVICE OF THE PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI.”
Soon after Justice Shah submitted his Report in 1978, the Janata Party Government of Morarji Desai appointed a Committee under the Chairmanship of Sri L.P Singh I.C.S, former Union Home Secretary to take effective follow up action on the recommendations of the Shah Commission.Sri D.P Kohli, the Father of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), an outstanding public servant and Sri M.L.M Hooja, the legendary Director of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) were the members of this Committee. Sri B.S Raghavan I.A.S was the Member-Secretary of this Committee. This Committee gave its Final Report in the later half of 1978. This Committee had taken due note of the criminal fudging by Pranab Mukherjee, Union Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) in the file bearing No: 686/100/75-CUS VIII/75 referred to above and relating to the illegal incarceration of Smt Gayathri Devi and Shri Bhavani Singh’ and recommended that further Police investigation should be done into the matter. The LP Singh Committee Report was put into the dustbin by Indira Gandhi when she returned to power in 1980. She rewarded Pranab Mukherjee by making him Union Finance Minister for having cleverly fudged the file during the days of Emergency in 1975-1977. Law of Karma fixed Indira Gandhi on 31st October 1984 at her own Official Residence. Pranab Mukherjee seems to labour under the cosmic delusion that he is exempt from all Laws of the Land and more particularly from the inexorable working of the divine Law of Karma.
Now let me give some more excerpts from the Shah Commission Report on the shady deeds of Pranab Mukherjee (please see page 82 of the Interim Report I given on March 11, 1978).
7.228: “The manner in which Smt.Gayatri Devi was treated in jail makes a very poignant reading. She has narrated her experience in the jail before the COMMISSION. The Assistant Jail Superintendent has also given a Statement in this regard. She was not at all well when she was taken to the jail and was under medical treatment at the time of her arrest. According to her, the conditions in Tihar Jail were absolutely appalling ; there was complete lack of sanitation, no running water, the public latrines had failed and therefore all the people who were in prison had to use a drain to ease themselves. Rajmata Vijiya Raje Scindia of Gwalior was also brought to Tihar Jail and was kept in a ‘Phansi Kothi’(Cell for Condemned Prisoners) for want of any other accommodation. This cell happened to be next to the room where Shrimathi Gayatri Devi was living…..Smt.Gayatri Devi had lost 10kgs in weight and her blood pressure was very low”.
7.230: “It is thus clear on the basis of evidence that has been brought on record that Mr PRANAB KUMAR MUKHERJEE the then Minister of Revenue and Banking has misused his position and abused his authority in ordering the detention of Smt Gayatri Devi and Colonel Bhavani Singh on wholly insufficient grounds. IT IS A CLEAR CASE OF SUBVERSION OF LAWFUL PROCESSES AND OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES”.
Again let me give another excerpt from the Shah Commission Report on the crimes of Pranab Mukherjee (please see page 57 of the Interim Report I given on March 11, 1978).
7.49: “Although Shri Pranab Mukherjee assisted the Commission at the preliminary stage of the fact finding inquiry, he did not file any Statement in this case as was required to be done under Rule 5 (2)(a) of the Commission of Inquiry (Central) Rules 1972. He had responded to the Summons u/s 8B of the Commissions of Inquiry Act, 1952. But he refused to take oath and tender evidence. However, from the facts on record and the evidence analysed above, it appears that the normal established procedures in regard to the appointment of the Chairman of the State Bank of India (SBI) was not followed in this case and further it was not in accordance with the provisions of the State Bank of India Act, 1955, which made consultation with the Reserve Bank of India a condition precedent to the appointment of the Chairman of the SBI by the Central Government.
The Commission is of the view that considerations other than strictly professional and totally extraneous have unfortunately been allowed to operate in arriving at the decision to appoint Shri Varadachari as Chairman of the SBI. Shri Pranab Mukherjee has violated established Administrative Conventions and Procedures and misused his position in the appointment of Shri Varadachari”
Pranab Mukherjee, the shameless and willing slave of Indira Gandhi bowed to her with reverence every moment every day and said all the time, “India is Indira and Indira is India”.
Pranab Mukherjee is the greatest Namak Harami in recent Congress history. When the 125thAnniversary of the establishment of the Indian National Congress was celebrated in 2010, he edited a book on the History of the Indian National Congress Party from 1885 to 2010. In this book Pranab Mukerjee has openly indicted Sanjay Gandhi for being solely responsible for all the excesses of Government during the Days of Indira Gandhi Emergency in 1975-1977. The Shah Commission Report has clearly brought out the fact that Pranab Mukherjee was just a chaprasi in the Office of Sanjay Gandhi during that period.
THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011
PRANAB MUKERJEE! WHAT A GREAT SON OF BENGAL (REWRITING HISTORY OF INDIA)INDEED!!!—II
WORRIED ABOUT WHAT?
SANJAY’S ORDERLY THE LATE CROWN PRINCE P.A.BALASUBRAMANIAM
During the days of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency in 1975-1977, as her Most Favourite Daffadar, Pranab Mukherjee hailed her as “India is Indira and Indira is India”. These stupid and silly words first used by Dev Kant Baruah, the President of the Congress Party in 1975, were internalized in letter and spirit by Pranab Mukherjee when he was the Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) during the Period of Emergency He became the most feared hangman of Sanjay Gandhi. If Indira Gandhi and Sanjay Gandhi wanted to imprison anybody without a trial and subject him/her to all kinds of inhuman treatment, including torture, Pranab Mukherjee was specially chosen by them for that very execrable Emergency State Purpose. Pranab Mukherjee became a monster of wickedness and cruelty and this stark fact was duly noted and adversely commented upon by Justice J.C Shah of the Shah Commission. Today, this repository of wickedness and of all past wrongs and shame, is the hatchet man of Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi. Today Pranab Mukherjee’s swan song is: “Sonia is India and India is Sonia”. Likewise for the Sonia Congress Party today, another swan song is “Rahul is India and India is Rahul”.
Having worked with great energy and gusto as a Personal Orderly of Sanjay Gandhi both during Emergency from 1975 to 1977 and after Emergency from May 1977 till Sanjay Gandhi’s death, today Pranab Mukherjee has become the most severe critic of Sanjay Gandhi. As I mentioned in the First Part of this article yesterday (15-3-2011), Pranab Mukherjee has severely criticised Sanjay Gandhi’s coercive family planning experiment during the Emergency, calling it arbitrary and authoritarian. Pranab Mukherjee has edited a book titled ‘The Congress and the making of the Indian nation’, to mark the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the Indian National Congress (INC) in December2010. In this book it has been stated, ”Over enthusiasm led to compulsion in enforcement of programmes like compulsory sterilization and clearance of slums. Sanjay promoted slum clearance, anti dowry measures and promotion of literacy…but in an arbitrary and authoritarian manner. This led to the annoyance of the popular opinion.”
Pranab Mukherjee seems to think that he will continue as Union Finance Minister till his exit in the year of the Lord 22011 AD(!) or till the exit of Sonia Gandhi in the year of the Lord 42000 AD (!!) or whichever is earlier!!! He seems to be under the vain delusion that unlike Union Telecom Mister A.Raja, he can bury fathoms deep all his skeletons gathered during his long tenure as a member of the Congress Party and as a Union Cabinet Minister. Immortal Pranab Mukherjee will never understand that Hitler paid for his crimes on April 30 1945. Stalin too paid his price for his cruelties. Likewise Indira Gandhi paid for her crimes. So did Rajiv Gandhi for his crimes in May 1991. Pranab Mukherjee cannot escape from the operation of the inexorable Law of Karma. Nor can his mentor Sonia liberate him from the deathly clutches of this LAW of Cause and Effect.
The Shah Commission had come to the conclusion in April 1978 that Pranab Mukherjee the then Union Minister of State for Finance (Revenue) and Sanjay Gandhi had conspired, colluded, collaborated on a day to day basis in the State-directed macabre political drama of inhuman excesses—crimes, follies and tragedies—against the innocent and peace-loving common people of India. Today Pranab Mukherjee has become a shameless Namak Harami and turned his guns against Sanjay Gandhi with the full official sanction of the Firangi Memsahib Sonia Gandhi.
It is common knowledge that Pranab Mukherjee treated Sanjay Gandhi as his Boss during the Period of Emergency. Having functioned as his personal slave, today Pranab Mukherjee is trying to portray Sanjay Gandhi as a Devil Incarnate who was solely responsible for all the INHUMAN EXCESSES OF EMERGENCY.
V.KALYANAM-WHO KNEW SANJAY GANDHI INTIMATELY
In order to ascertain the true facts, I spoke to my friend V.Kalyanam (now 90 years old) who had worked as Personal Secretary to Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of our Nation from 1943 to 1948. By virtue of his close working association with Mahatma Gandhi, Kalyanam came into close contact with many Senior Congress Leaders of that generation including Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. As I was quite shocked by Pranab Mukherjee’s recent nefarious attempts to make Sanjay Gandhi wholly responsible for the excesses during the Dark Days of Indira Gandhi’s Emergency, I asked V.Kalyanam as to whether Pranab Mukherjee’s personal relations with Sanjay Gandhi both during and after Emergency were cordial. Kalyanam told me categorically: “After the revocation of Emergency and the massive electoral defeat of Indira Gandhi in April-May 1977, Pranab Mukherjee and Sanjay Gandhi were always seen together every day, traveling in the same van driven by Sanjay Gandhi. Sanjay Gandhi was known to me right from his childhood days in York Road in New Delhi. In 1977-78, I used to live with a friend of mine P.N. Balasubramaniam, the Founder and Chairman of Barium Chemicals Limited in Andhra Pradesh, at No.186, Golf Links in New Delhi (behind Sujan Singh Park in Khan Market). I introduced Sanjay Gandhi to P.N. Balasubramaniam (popularly known to all as Bala). Sanjay Gandhi used to come in his large van to the residence of Bala on 3 days in a week to discuss politics. On every occasion I have seen Pranab Mukherjee coming along with Sanjay Gandhi to Bala’s residence and he used to wait patiently in the van for long periods when Sanjay Gandhi was having discussions with Bala. For reasons not known to me Sanjay Gandhi never permitted Pranab Mukherjee to meet Bala at his residence. I never had any doubt that Sanjay Gandhi treated Pranab Mukherjee as his personal orderly.”
RESIDENCE OF BALA AT NO.186, GOLF LINKS IN NEW DELHI
This is the house which was frequented by Sanjay Gandhi in 1977-1978.
Invariably Pranab Mukherjee went with Sanjay Gandhi and waited outside this house as his orderly
In the first part yesterday, I had quoted excerpts from the Shah Commission Report 1978 to show that in any other civilized country, a political gangster like Pranab Mukherjee would have been sentenced and lodged in jail even by a Third Class Stipendiary Magistrate. In our country he seems to be waiting to act as Prime Minister. He seems to be the only competitor to that statesman of genius Rahul Gandhi!!
Today as Union Finance Minister, is reported to be the biggest Patron of all Hawala and Money Laundering Operations of Sonia Gandhi. As pointed out by Dr.Subramanian Swamy, Former Union Minister for Law and Commerce and the President of Janata Party, he is the Official protector of Hasan Ali, apart from being the whole time launderer of Firangi Memsahib’s ill-gotten money!
Pranab Mukherjee is an inveterate and vicious liar like his mentor the Firangi Memsahib. His disgraceful (?!!) track record of low and questionable integrity has been fully brought to public view by V. U. Eradi (former member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, and the officer concerned for dealing with the income-tax matters in the Shah Commission.) in his recent article titled ‘Put in the dock by Shah Commission’ and published in The Hindu dated March 13, 2011. it is clear from Eradi’s article that Pranab Mukherjee is guilty of telling blatant lies in the Parliament. He is treating all the Members of Parliament as kindergarten children! I am giving below the full text of this article by V. U. Eradi.
Published: March 13, 2011 23:40 IST | Updated: March 13, 2011 23:40 IST March 13, 2011
Put in the dock by Shah Commission
V. U. Eradi
Pranab Mukherjee should specify in which case he was “put in the dock by the Shah Commission.” History and propriety demand an honest answer.
Replying to the debate on the general budget on Friday, March 9, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee mentioned that the government was serious about the issue of bringing back “black money.” In the course of his reply, he is reported to have said that during the Emergency, he had, because of his deep concern in this regard, ordered raids on a “very important family” that he did not want to identify. He is reported to have added “it was not a fruitless raid. One tonne of primary gold with Swiss marks was discovered. Later on with the change of government, I was accused of causing Emergency excesses and was put in the dock before the Shah Commission.”
I DO NOT KNOW WHETHER THE TONNE OF GOLD WAS A FIGMENT OF THE FINANCE MINISTER’S FERTILE IMAGINATION, BUT THE ALLEGATION THAT HE WAS PUT ON THE DOCK BY THE SHAH COMMISSION IN ANY SUCH CASE WHERE MAJOR TAX EVASION WAS LATER ESTABLISHED BY DISCOVERY OF A TONNE OF GOLD, IS, TO PUT IT POLITELY, FACTUALLY INCORRECT. The Shah Commission dealt, inter alia, with Emergency excesses. Five of those cases related to the Income Tax department over which the present Finance Minister presided as Minister of State for Finance (Revenue).
COVER PAGE OF SHAH COMMISSION REPORT
It is necessary to mention that in spite of subsequent authoritarian measures to practically obliterate this valuable document, a few copies of the Shah Commission Report survived. The country owes a debt of gratitude to Era Sezhiyan, a great parliamentarian, for his efforts at publishing the report recently in the form of a book with an excellent introduction from him.
The five cases referred to are briefly mentioned below, with page, etc., references for those interested. The first two cases can be clubbed together. They were tax raids on two brave trade union leaders, Prabhat Kar and D.P. Chadha, general secretary and president, respectively of the All India Bank Employees Association (First Interim Report of the Commission, Chapter 7, Para 7.294 onwards at pp 93-94).
Significantly, action in this case was initiated by the then powerful Director, CBI, D. Sen. He sent for the tax official concerned, gave him the orders, which were meekly followed. The Director, CBI, later recorded a secret note which says that the two persons’ houses “were got searched” and added that a report regarding the search is enclosed. In his oral testimony, Sen said that the report was sent either to O.M. Mehta, the then reasonably notorious MOS in the Home Ministry, or to R.K. Dhavan. Neither Sen nor the above two dignitaries was in anyway lawfully concerned with the Tax law or its administration. As the then Minister in charge of Revenue, Pranab Mukherjee, cannot escape responsibility for this high handed and unlawful exercise of the drastic and draconian provisions of the tax law to suppress legitimate trade union activity.
Then comes the Baroda Rayon Corporation case (Second interim Report, Chapter 9, pages 10 to 15 para 9.1 to 9.27). It will be useful to mention at the outset that the alleged one tonne of gold was not discovered or seized in this case. In fact, this raid was very similar to the drama of raids, arrests and “grilling” of persons like Suresh Kalmadi, A. Raja and other near and dear ones by the CBI, the ED and other sundry agencies.
I said no gold was found, but something more precious was. But that material was not used to detect tax evasion. Three files containing the vital information V.K. Shah, the managing director of the company, so helpfully placed in his briefcase were “seized” from him and through the chain of command reached the present Finance Minister who quite legitimately forgot almost immediately what he did with them. It used to be said those days by persons close to the then important hangers-on that the party high command was keen on verifying details of large sums of money apparently handed over to a then charismatic party leader allegedly to persuade some legislators to act in a particular manner. V.K. Shah only requested that the papers be seized from him rather than he hand them over and thus betray his Guru.
The next tax raid case dealt with by the Shah Commission was the one on Bajaj and Mukund groups in May 1976. Here again, there was no discovery of the tonne of gold because no such claim was made during the proceedings before the Commission in justification of the action taken. What was submitted then on behalf of the Group was that this favour was bestowed on them because of their association with Jayaprakash Narayan and the Sarvodya movement. Besides, Viren Shah, Managing Director of Mukund Iron and Steel Works, who was a close associate of the Bajaj family, was a persona non grata at the Imperial Durbar.
To conclude, at least one benevolent act of the then Emergency Regime merits mention. In the course of a routine enquiry, it was noticed that the identity of two women who were registered as shareholders in Maruti Ltd, a Sanjay Gandhi venture, could not be verified as they did not live at the address furnished in the company’s records. The moment further enquiries were started, they came to an abrupt stop. The Director of Investigation recorded that the “Chairman has desired that no enquiries should be made regarding this case till further instructions from him.” A mere 35 years have elapsed. The instructions might well be on their way. Obviously, the investment in unverifiable names was of unaccounted money.
BASED ON THE ABOVE, IT WOULD NOT BE UNREASONABLE TO ASK THE FINANCE MINISTER TO SPECIFY IN WHICH CASE WHERE A TONNE OF PRIMARY GOLD WITH SWISS MARKINGS WAS DISCOVERED, WAS HE “PUT IN THE DOCK BY THE SHAH COMMISSION.” HISTORY AND PROPRIETY DEMAND AN HONEST ANSWER.
(V.U. Eradi, former member of Central Board of Direct Taxes, was the officer concerned dealing with the tax matters in the Shah Commission.)
I will be failing in my Public Duty if I do not offer my salutations to Shri VU Eradi for theunmatched National Service he has rendered today in making our poor and innocent countrymen fully aware of the ‘exemplary’ (?!), ‘impeccable’ (?!), ‘exalted’(?!), ‘unsullied’ (?!), ‘unshakable’ (?!) and ‘unquestionable’ (?!) conduct, character and antecedents of Pranab Mukherjee, the Union Finance Minister of India today!! Shri VU Eradi was an outstanding Public Servant of post-independent India noted for his qualities of outstanding leadership based on the canine virtues of courage, fidelity and vigilance. I would love to pay my humble tribute to a great Public servant like Shri VU Eradi in the words of a great poet:
How happy is he born and taught,
That serveth not another’s will;
Whose armour is his honest thought
And simple truth his utmost skill.
Sonia wants rubber stamp president: Swamy. Swamy meets Mulayam.
Thursday, June 7th 2012, 06:02 PM
Lucknow, June 7 — Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy Thursday accused Congress president Sonia Gandhi of wanting “a rubber stamp as the next president” and said A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was best suited for the job.
Charging Gandhi with blocking good names for presidency, Swamy said the country looked towards political parties to elect “an illustrious, honest and respectable man” to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Swamy spoke after meeting Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav here in view of the presidential polls scheduled next month.
Addressing a press conference later, Swamy called for another term for Kalam, who was the president from 2002 to 2007.
He said Kalam was immensely respected by people of all age groups. “I think that Kalam is the most suited person to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan.”
If all opposition parties unite and select one candidate, the ruling party’s candidate is sure to be defeated, he said.