In less than 3 months, the nation will vote to elect the Prime Minister again. As development becomes an overriding theme for competitive politics in the New India, in light of upcoming elections, Congress appears to have already set its own agenda for the nation if it came to power again. On February 10, 2019, Congress leader Kapil Sibal reportedly issued a veiled threat to the civil servants of the country. He said, we (Congress) will keep an eye on officials who are over enthusiastic & trying to show loyalty to PM. Here is the screenshot of what he had said.
This is not the first time that a Congress leader has so openly threatened the civil servants of the country. On another occasion, Anand Sharma, another senior leader from Congress had also threatened the civil servants. The threats had come after the raids were conducted on former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, a Congress leader from Haryana in a case of alleged irregularities in land allotment.
According to a report by the Times of India, Anand Sharma had said, “We are warning all concerned not to exceed their brief or act above the law. All officials must hear this that governments do not have permanency and they keep changing …They will be held accountable and they will have to answer once the government changes.”
Before Anand Sharma, another veiled threat to government officials had come from Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Congress leader and a lawyer in the Supreme Court. He had made the statement just before the assembly election results for five states in December 2018 were to be announced. Here is the screenshot of what he had said.
The above were only the threats to government officials by the Congress party. Before this, the Party had even sought to put pressure on the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra by way of an impeachment motion against him, a move which was widely criticised by many scholars and legal experts in the country. It was reportedly brought because a certain judgement delivered by a bench headed by the CJI Dipak Misra had not gone in favour of the Congress Party. The buzz among the general public was that the impeachment motion was also a subtle signal to judges of lower judiciary hearing the National Herald case in which the first family of Congress party is out on bail.
All the above instances show that the leaders of Congress party appear to be rattled as the Central government now tightens its noose on corruption cases. The threats from leaders of Congress to civil servants and in a way extending to even the Chief Justice of India are so blatant that the intentions of the Party can be clearly understood if it came back to power again. And if it does, will we see a repeat of the National Emergency of 1975 when the party had been similarly rattled by an unfavourable judgment of Allahabad High Court?