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The honeymoon period for Arvind Kejriwal will not be cosy like other political leaders as he would be required to deliver on the plank — sending corrupt politicians to jail —which earned him the quickest electoral success in the last three decades.
The Commonwealth Games scam was one of the biggest to hit the national Capital but the UPA government brushed it under the carpet by setting up a group of ministers to take action on the recommendations of former the Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu panel report.
The group headed by Defence Minister A K Antony met only twice in about three years and failed to initiate any criminal action against political functionaries and officials found responsible for irregularities in the conduct of the games in 2010.
The Prime Minister’s Office earlier this year had refused to disclose the information on action, saying it was exempted under transparency law as the recommendations of the Shunglu panel were being considered by a group of ministers. Officials, however, said no action had been initiated.
Kejriwal had sought a registration of a case against then Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit in the CWG scam after the Shunglu panel had indicted her for irregularities in commissioning of road projects before the games.
It would be interesting to see whether Kejriwal as chief minister will bite his words or initiate criminal action against those involved in the CWG scam. The BJP has already asked the Aam Aadmi Party’s government in Delhi to re-investigate the scam and book those found guilty.
That is not the only scam that had hit Delhi earlier.
In the past, the Delhi Lokayukta had found some Delhi politicians guilty of corrupt practices, including encroachment of public land, but no action was taken by the government.
It will have to be seen whether Kejriwal who will form a government with help from the Congress will initiate action against Congress leaders.