Corruption, Babulal Gaur style
Posted July 7, 2010on:
Babulal Gaur is not only the seniormost member of Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s cabinet but also a former chief minister. He is different from the traditional BJP activists in several radical ways. He can laugh (even at himself), he enjoys good food and is a good host, he keeps cordial and informal relations not with his own party leaders but with the leaders of other parties also, particularly of the Congress, and he maintains good relations with the Muslim leaders, though he has uprooted more Muslim families and dumped them in god-forsaken places in the name of beautification of the city. He can be disarmingly candid. Once he described the BJP as the “Brahman-Bania party”, with no place for other castes, for which he was thoroughly upbraided by the then State BJP president.
Gaur’s style of corruption is also different. He believes in creating visible physical assets. He has, for some time been, concerned with the chaotic traffic of Bhopal; no one abides by the traffic rules, the egregious violators of the traffic laws being the drivers of the government and police vehicles. The traffic police on duty are more interested in making money than regulating the traffic. Gaur has come up with the idea of constructing several flyovers in the city.
There is money in the construction work, not in regulating the traffic. The Rs 70 crore or so that the Centre had given the State government for improving the environment in the gas affected localities in Bhopal, was used by Gaur in getting the roundabouts erected and modified and re-modified several times over. These were far away from the gas affected localities. But no one can say that the money was spent only on paper.