The fourth estate has caught up with the tally.
It’s a politician-bureaucrat-contractor nexus.
This fund guzzling of projects makes them pally,
And so they drive around in Toyota Lexus.
Rs 70,000 crores has been pumped
Into 1200 irrigation projects in Maharashtra.
And that they’re incomplete for years extra
Implies more escalated money’ll be lumped.
What’s charming is the fixed rate card
For politicians, engineers and officials, coded hard.
Another eight per cent the contractor pays to get
His payments released, that they hold and forget.
But wait, here’s the topping to fill large sacks.
For midway scope changes, it 40 per cent, the kickbacks!
The pattern’s intact, the news rumbles.
Maharashtra achieves another distinction.
This time in abandoned babies, their abnegation,
In topping from the bottom, it seldom fumbles.
In Karnataka, CM’ll be Shettar, Gowda is sore.
And CBI quizzes a distraught Yeddyurappa.
But in Gujarat a PC operator plays Papa
To science students by adding marks to their score.
In Nagpur now, they’re cooking a curry;
It’s about the murder of a 7-year-old girl;
Her body was in his house is the whirl.
Hey, I’ve figured an excuse for our decent PM.
What happens in a state’s the problem of the CM
And now it’s a plain data entry error
In Mumbai University, again in Maharashtra.
A zero in Economics justifies a shudder.
The exception: a Finance Minister’s abracadabra.
On matters economic, Didi resurfaces from under,
Giving the government her customary rebuff,
Raising her hand, she screamed ‘Enough!’
When they broached the FDI-in-retail blunder.
But this last piece of news is like a helpless faqir:
An exchange of fire’s happened in Kashmir.
But here goes our recourse to despair and fear;
They’re saying new beer bottles will cost us dear.
The news is all fact, yet it appears so cynical.
Small wonder then, now even Dara Singh is critical.