Man K had called Man J “Asteen ka Saanp”, after few months and various issues later Man J called Man K “Trojan Horse” for which Man K immediately responded calling Man J “behroopiya”. These veiled personal references make the already dirty politics murkier. If both men J & K are assumed correct, it can be understood that two colossal conspiracies were hatched where Man J was the architect of first one while Man K was the face of the second one. The important question arise did two conspiracies overlap?
There is no prize in guessing names. However, it is beguiling to know that there are various similarities between Arun Jaitley and Kirti Azad. Both of them belongs to the families whose political values were deeply rooted in congress, both of them had started their political careers from BJP and both of them have gross connections with cricket. It is a fair question that why any similarity should be drawn between a BJP’s stalwart and a non-existent BJP Ex – MP. But when a cunning fox jumps in between a horse and a snake and tries to distort everything, it is pertinent to tell the story from beginning.
First of all, there is no denying that all cricketing bodies of India are neck deep in crony corruptions and nepotism and Delhi cricket association is no exception. Arun Jaitley headed DDCA for 13 years. However, it does not automatically prove him guilty. There has to be some hard evidence which should be proven in the court of law.
To their credit, Kirti Azad and Bishan Sing Bedi have consistently raked up this issue. But who better that Bishan Singh Bedi himself will understand that consistently hitting at same length can only garner results if it is hit in correct line.
Some of the allegations by Azad and team were very categorically and satisfactorily answered by Jaitley through various forums and channels. In response to the major corruption allegation in the construction of new stadium, Jaitley told in Parliament that a stadium having a capacity of 42,000 was made for a total sum of Rs 114 crore as compared to the cost of renovation of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium & Dhyanchand stadium in Rs 900 crore & Rs 600 crore by Congress.
Further, the charges of irregularities in day to day business of DDCA were thoroughly looked by the Congress appointed SFIO which has cleared Jaitley from all the charges.
If Azad and team were not convinced by Jaitley’s defense, it is very unclear and suspicious that over all these years why had they not approached the court or lodged an FIR. In a country where defamation laws are as mild as a dove and where perception lasts longer than court procedures, maligning someone who is regarded very high in the public domain has given political mileages to many.
Moreover, the opposition doesn’t have any moral right to intensify the protest against Jaitley given the allegations against the incumbent minister for his misdeeds were leveled when they were in power. It is very clear that the opposition is indulged in nothing but the confrontation politics. Having said all this, proving someone innocent or guilty should be rested in the able hands of the judiciary.
A lot of people are bewildered of the fact that from where Mr. Azad is deriving the strength to go against the mightiest of his old party. There can be three possible sources in the decreasing probabilistic order:
1. A divided house: Jaitley was considered as the Chanakya of Modi. He parted company with the old guards of BJP and put his weight behind Narendra Modi before last Lok sabha elections. It paid rich dividends for him and he rose to No. 2 position and made Finance Minister in the new dispensation in spite of losing from a regular BJP constituency and no backing from the RSS. He is a ‘go-getter’ and a ‘rescue-man’ for PM but not many in BJP like him. Therefore, a possibility of giving the extra rope to Azad by a section of BJP to go all out against Jaitley can’t be overruled.
2. Enemy’s enemy is a friend: Wherever Indian politics and cricket converge, it coincides with Lalit Modi. He is a man who seems to be omnipresent without even being in India. Lalit Modi and Arun Jaitley share a long history of animosity. In previous parliament session when shushma was on a sticky wicket for helping Lalit Modi in visa clearances, there were murmurs in political cordon that Jaitley had a meek support to opposition’s demands. Now when accusations have shifted sides, Lalit Modi’s noninvolvement is very unlikely.
3. Personal vendetta: In 2009, when Jaitley used to be the chief strategist for NDA in Bihar, it was said that he had pitched for a small time leader Sanjay Jha (Jaitley’s friend of JNu) for BJP candidate from Darbhanga Loksabha seat. The baffled Kirti Azad approached Rajnath camp who alleged Jaitley for hijacking Bihar. Even if Azad retained his seat, his angst against Jaitley remained.
The law of entropy tells that the disorder of an isolated system can only increase, BJP as a party firmly believes in that. It seems that any action, inaction or reaction by BJP members only increase the chaos inside the party.
Is reposing faith in one man (or woman) institution the only way to align everyone in an array within any party? Definitely not.