War of words: CAG calls UPA men bullies, may join politics

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Mumbai, Feb 16: It seems the war of words between Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai and Congress-led UPA government is not likely to end soon. In his latest salvo, CAG called ruling party men as "bullies". Rai said, "people who have the mandate to rule are typical bullies".

It is a well known fact that Rai's reports on various scams, which have directly pointed fingers to Congress-led UPA have annoyed the central govt.

"The myth that has been debunked is that of the silent majority. The majority is always silent because the minority feel that they have a mandate and they are exercising that mandate.

Vinod Rai

They are more articulate and aggressive than the silent majority...... But, the times have changed....But, the so called people who have the mandate, are typical what I would call, bullies. The majority has to be consistent in their efforts to see the changes in the system," Rai said, while talking at a banking symposium in Mumbai on Friday, Feb 15.

Rai is set to retire on May this year.

When asked about his post-retirement plans, and if he might join politics, CAG said,"Is there anything wrong in it?'" However, he said , "time alone will tell. I neither affirm nor deny..."

"Today, there is a culture of end justifying the means, which has far reaching implications," he added.

Rai said compulsion of coalition politics in every democracy is leading to convenient deviations. "The dominant culture of adjustment is prevalent... With honesty and integrity becoming the casualty."

Of late, Congress has been annoyed with Rai.

Few days back, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh had hit at Rai for making public statement that, "the role of a public auditor should not be limited to submitting reports to Parliament."

"What does CAG want to be become if not accountant? Do they intend to become the PM?" Singh asked, in response to Rai's comments at his lecture at Harvard's Kennedy School recently.

Rai had said, "Should we as public auditors limit our role to placing reports in Parliament or go beyond that and seek to sensitise public opinion on our audit observations, especially in the social sector such as rural health, primary education, water pollution, environment, drinking water etc?"

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