Thursday, June 24, 2021
Home News Reports Meet the Communist MPs who charge taxpayers 70 lakhs per year to fight for...

Meet the Communist MPs who charge taxpayers 70 lakhs per year to fight for ‘free speech’

To be fair, free speech isn’t free.

In our country, ‘fighting’ for the rights of the voiceless has always been a highly lucrative occupation. For instance, our NGOs make Rs 11,000 crore a year working selflessly for the upliftment of the Indian poor.

Then, why would anybody be surprised at this?

MPs burn a hole in state's exchequer by flying business class, Left leaders top spenders

As per information provided under RTI (see here from 36:00 mins, or read here), we have here the list of top spenders of taxpayer money from the Rajya Sabha (on travel in Financial Year 2016-17):

  1. Ritabrata Banerjee (Rs 69.24 lakh) (CPM)
  2. D Raja (Rs 65.04 lakh) (CPI)
  3. Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (Rs 61.72 lakh) (TMC)
  4. Oscar Fernandes (Congress)
  5. Tiruchi Siwa (DMK)
  6. C P Narayanan (CPM)
  7. P Bhattacharya (Congress)
  8. Ananda Bhaskar Rapolu (Congress)
  9. Joy Abraham (Kerala Congress (Mani))
  10. Anil Sahani (JDU)

Oh look how wonderful! The Communist Parties who have only about 10 Rajya Sabha MPs have figured three times in the list of top 10 spenders and also bagged the top two slots!

By comparison, the BJP which has over 50 MPs in the same Rajya Sabha doesn’t make it even once in the top 10 club! In fact, the only NDA party to figure in this list is recent entrant JDU at the 10th position.

But then, unlike the Communist Parties, the leaders of the BJP do not have to crisscross the country fighting for peasants and workers. For instance, Comrade D Raja of the CPI needed as much as Rs 82000 to travel from Delhi to Chennai.

The top honor goes to Shri Ritabrata Banerjee of the CPM, who has charged the taxpayer nearly Rs 70 lakh in the last financial year for his services.

Here is the coolest part. An MP is able to claim as DA an additional amount equal to 1/4th of the price of his/her ticket. This means that if an MP purchases a ticket for Rs 10,000, he/she would get Rs 2500 extra as DA.

Instead if the MP waits for the price of the ticket to rise and finally buys the same ticket for Rs 1 lakh, he/she would get 25% or Rs 25000 extra as DA!

That’s money straight into the pocket of the MP. From the point of view of an MP, it therefore makes sense to buy as expensive an air ticket as possible. The more taxpayer money he spends, the more taxpayer money the honorable MP gets to put in his own pocket.

Hopefully, the weak and the marginalized of Indian society will be thrilled to know that Communist MPs are making their voices heard in Delhi to the tune of Rs 65-70 lakhs a year.

Let us now come to the list of top 10 spenders in the Lok Sabha during the same period:

  1. K Gopal (Rs 57.54 lakh) (AIADMK)
  2. P Kumar (Rs 44.3 lakh) (AIADMK)
  3. Bishnu Pada Ray (Rs 41.06 lakh) (BJP)
  4. Anirudh Sampat (CPM)
  5. P K Sreemathi (CPM)
  6. K C Venugopal (Congress)
  7. Hari Manjhi (BJP)
  8. Jyoti Dhurve (BJP)
  9. K V Thomas (Congress)
  10. M B Rajesh (CPM)

There are 11 Communist MPs in the Lok Sabha compared to some 280 MPs of the BJP. Yet, the CPM has held the BJP to a 3-3 draw when it comes to spending public money on flying first class.

It should also be noted that BJP MP Bishnu Pada Ray who figures at No. 3 represents Andaman & Nicobar Islands in the Lok Sabha. Had the Andamans not been so far away, the CPM with its 11 MPs would probably have beaten the BJP’s 280 member Lok Sabha contingent.

A few months ago, while trying to book an air ticket online on a popular travel website, I noticed that there is actually an option to list the prices in descending order, i.e. listing the highest possible price first. I remember wondering who could possibly want the prices listed from “High to Low”.

Well, now we know! Lal Salaam, Comrade! Lal Salaam!

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Abhishek Banerjeehttps://dynastycrooks.wordpress.com/
Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or may not be an Associate Professor at IISc Bangalore. He is the author of Operation Johar - A Love Story, a novel on the pain of left wing terror in Jharkhand, available on Amazon here.  

Related Articles

Trending now

Tripura emerges as India’s first 100% vaccinated state in 45 plus age group

With more than 14 Lakh doses administered, Tripura is now India's first state with 100%+ Vaccination in 45 plus age group.

As Congress continues propaganda against vaccines, India achieves over 5 million vaccinations per day three days in a row

While Congress attacked Modi govt over 'decline' in vaccinations on Tuesday, India vaccinated average 70 lakh people daily in 3 days

From cover up to conspiracy to murder: Some unanswered questions about Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s death in Kashmir

Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee had died mysteriously days after he was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir for entering the state without permission

Former IFS officer Lakshmi M Puri sends legal notice to Congress supporter Saket Gokhale for misleading allegations against her

Alleged activist and Congress mouthpiece Saket Gokhale made baseless allegations against Lakshmi M Puri, wife of Hardeep Singh Puri

Ever Given: Ship that blocked Suez Canal has since been held by Canal authorities, they wanted 916 million dollars

After demanding 916 USD initially, the canal authorities had later lowered the demand amount to 550 million. A final settlement is expected to be reached soon.

Trinamool MP Mimi Chakraborty duped by fake IAS officer’s fake vaccination drive, one arrested

Mimi Chakraborty was reportedly duped by a man who claimed to be an IAS officer and requested the TMC MP to be chief guest at a COVID-19 vaccination drive organised by him.

Recently Popular

‘Is your father a mali or chowkidar? I will cancel your license, H*r*m*zade’: Maneka Gandhi threatens vets in viral audios

The Indian Veterinary Association in a letter have condemned the unruly behavior and unparliamentary language used by Maneka Gandhi against animal doctors.

Former IFS officer Lakshmi M Puri sends legal notice to Congress supporter Saket Gokhale for misleading allegations against her

Alleged activist and Congress mouthpiece Saket Gokhale made baseless allegations against Lakshmi M Puri, wife of Hardeep Singh Puri

After being slammed by Bombay HC for lack of evidence, Mumbai police names Arnab Goswami as an accused in second TRP chargesheet

Republic TV had submitted before Bombay HC that Mumbai Police have deliberately not named Arnab Goswami in charge sheet to keep the investigation open

Uttar Pradesh: One Dilshad caught breaking idols in Hindu temple in Kannauj, accomplice Umar says they were instructed to do so

Kannauj Police superintend Dr Arvind Kumar informed that a case will be filed under NSA against the main accused and others.

Video of a person making anti-India comments circulated on social media falsely claiming that it is the founder of Himalaya Drug Company

Muhammad Manal, the founder of HImalaya Drug Company died in 1986, and the person in the viral video is one Naqi Ahmed Nadwi
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

255,564FansLike
555,546FollowersFollow
24,400SubscribersSubscribe