16 June, 2021

27 Shades Of Shame

In the rogue's gallery of the 12th Lok Sabha are criminal MPs, dons and the Ayodhya accused

27 Shades Of Shame

MANI KUMAR SUBBA has swaggered into the 12th Lok Sabha, thumbing his nose at Congress observers who had demanded that he be denied a ticket because of his reputation: an alleged murder conviction in Nepal, a booming lottery business in Assam. The Guwahati press decried the blitzkrieg of colour TVs, currency notes and liquor with which he wooed his electorate in vain as Maniraj Limbu alias Subba was declared elected from Tezpur.

Anand Mohan, charged with multiple cases of murder, including that of a district magistrate, has likewise romped home with a generous margin. He was detained twice and arrested once during the course of electioneering. The Sheohar district administration had to rescue former Bihar minister Raghunath Jha from being beaten up by him on polling day.

A vivid testimony to the primacy of money and muscle-power in Indian politics. Of the 72 candidates with criminal proceedings pending against them, listed by Outlook in its February 23 issue, 27 have been elected to the Lok Sabha. Among them are the accused in...

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