Sunday, October 29, 2006

The Natwar story continues

The unthinkable happened. Natwar Singh has finally come out and blamed Sonia Gandhi for all his problems. This is actually directly opposite to what he said some time ago when he blamed Manmohan Singh for all his problems and refused to say a word against Sonia Gandhi. At that time he probably realized the essential truth - you can say what you like against any Congress functionary, but not against the dynasty. That seemed like the sensible thing to do if he wanted to fulimnate and put pressure, but at the same thing avoid burning his bridges with the Congress.
However, it has always been there on the table that his actions, when he is reported to have used his status as a Congress functionary to introduce relatives / acquaintances to the Iraqis and allowed them to use these connections to make money from the practise of lifting oil and making money on the margins has been embarrasing to the Congress. In the middle of all this, he has always claimed that he is close to the Congress dynasty. This is something that I don't think that Sonia Gandhi will tolerate.
The net has been tightening on Natwar Singh. The Congress refuses to touch him with a barge pole, the Enforcement Directorate has been pushing further on him and his relatives, and he must be losing the friends that he has. From all the reports, it seems that he has been guilty of what he has been charged, but the basic query remains about the role of the Congress party. Is it guilty of also making money from all this ? Was the support of the Congress party for the Saddam regime based on money from the old scam ? These are all questions that we need to get answered to get more honesty into our system, but with the current situation, I don't think that these questions will ever get answered.

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posted by Ashish Agarwal @ 7:33 AM