Deal debris

The cancellation of the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal has got the Organiser to portray the deal as another example of the UPA's alleged corruption. The cover story is called "Deal crashed, debris remain". The editorial underscores the point that mere cancellation of the deal is not sufficient, unless the government comes clean about beneficiaries: "Who were the direct beneficiaries of these dirty funds? Who are 'AP' and 'Family' under whose name fake work contracts were signed in India? Most importantly, is it possible to carry out this fraud without the knowledge and collusion of top brass in the government? Unless the government clarifies the procedural lapses made in the deal and brings culprits to the book, mere chopping of a deal will give nothing but [the] experience of another conspiracy to save the protectors of [the] Ottavio Quattrochis and Guido Haschkes...

"Though the deal is crashed, its remains are scattered... Whether it's Adarsh, 2G, coal, Commonwealth, or AgustaWestland, Congress and UPA need a break to recollect the debris of choppered faith in the democratic system," says the editorial, adding that "the mentally resigned prime minister is a disastrous thing for a country in this situation..."

The editorial in Panchjanya underlines that "the dark clouds of 2G spectrum and coal block allocations have cast a shadow on their most bright face (prime minister)" to such a extent that "even his associates do not find merit in his claims". Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi's grandstanding on corruption, the editorial claims that the Congress is finally rattled by these allegations of corruption in the run up to polls: "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's... farewell has added to the fear among his colleagues..."

FAMILIAR STORY

The corruption charges against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh get good coverage. The Organiser has carried a report to assert that the "Congress [is] again protecting the corrupt CM", while Panchjanya attempts to expose Rahul Gandhi's grandstanding with a story declaring that there is "no place for hope when corruption is the only 'Adarsh'".

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