The Septa: Delve into cases of 7 controversial icons from Indian politics

Watch out for these controversy's 7 favourite children from India's political scene!

Bhaskar Chakravorty
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The Septa: India's political history has always been interesting to look at and controversy has always been a key part of it. Ever since cases like the death of ex-PM Lal Bahadur Shastri, the sudden passing of Subhash Chandra Bose in a crash, the passing of India's atomic scientist Homi J. Bhabha, and Rajiv Gandhi's passing away to political starvation and marvel, but these people have been in the hall of fame in turn of controversy.

so, for all the controversy-enthu, we pulled up some of them that'll remind you of India's political drama. 
Here, we present a consolidated list of controversy's 7 favorite children: 

WFI Chief Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

Top wrestlers in the nation accused Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), of sexually harassing female wrestlers, sparking a massive scandal that erupted at the start of 2023.Prominent wrestlers Sakshee Malikkh, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia organized a large-scale demonstration against Singh at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in January.
 Singh refuted all of the accusations. On January 21, the protest came to an end following intervention by the Federal Ministry of Sport, which had started on January 18. April saw the wrestlers return to Jantar Mantar after the situation remained unresolved. The wrestlers even made threats to return the government-issued medals and honors.

Is Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Admi tactics not so clean?

The Enforcement Directorate detained Delhi's CM, Arvind Kejriwal, on March 21, 2024, on suspicion of running a liquor scam against the Delhi government of the Aam Aadmi Party. He was arrested, making history as India's first-ever sitting chief minister. He was also charged by the ED with eavesdropping on its officials.

1984 anti-Sikh riots & Sam 

A famous Indian politician caused a stir in May 2019 when he responded dismissively to a query on former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi's purported involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying, "So what?" His words swiftly sparked a furor of protest. Pitroda said: '84 ka kya hai? We have five rooms, so let us see what happens. Now, what about the riots of 1984? Discuss your activities during the previous five years.The events of 1984 did occur. Voters choose you to generate jobs. Voters chose to build 200 smart cities. You also have not done that. You are spewing gibberish here and there because you have not done anything, he said.

Raghav Chadha forges signs of MPs? 

Due to accusations that he "forged" the signatures of five Rajya Sabha MPs on a resolution pertaining to the Delhi Services Bill, Raghav Chadha was suspended from the Upper House on August 11. Allegations were made against Raghav Chadha for allegedly including five MPs on the select committee without their consent. It is said that he also falsified their signatures. After he was found guilty, his ban was later lifted.

BBC Documents on PM Modi with a twist! 

A day after it aired in India, the BBC documentary "India: The Modi Question" was taken off. The documentary covered Gujarat's Chief Minister Narendra Modi's tenure. The documentary series was dubbed "propaganda" by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The documentary looks at how "continuous charges regarding the attitude of his government towards India's Muslim majority have dogged Narendra Modi's premiership," according to the BBC.

Mahua Moitra's Cash for Query case

The claims that Mahua Moitra, a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), accepted money to question billionaire Gautam Adani in the Lok Sabha were the subject of an investigation. An ethics committee convened to examine the claims. Mahua Moitra was dismissed from the Lok Sabha on December 8th, after the committee's findings on her "unethical conduct." Mahua Moitra has filed a case with the Supreme Court contesting her removal from the Lok Sabha.

Anant Singh's Arms Case

Anant Singh, a Mokama RJD MLA, was sentenced to ten years in prison by the MP/MLA Court of Patna on Tuesday in connection with an Arms Act case. In August 2019, raids at Singh's residence resulted in the seizure of an AK-47 rifle and other weapons. For Mokama Muscleman, MLA, who is accused of almost two dozen counts of extortion, attempted murder, and criminal conspiracy, this is his first conviction. Singh's membership in the legislative assembly is currently in jeopardy. According to his attorneys, the Patna High Court would hear a challenge to the ruling.