Indian Provincial Minister claims that...
Well the quote is "If you work hard, and put your heart and soul into it ... then you are allowed to steal some." He went on to say ... But, Don't be a bandit.
I don't agree with that and many, many people in India also do not agree with that philosophy.
Why should anyone feel that it is OK to steal?
The TV camera operators that caught the rant by him to a gathering of political officials went on to put it on the news broadcasts on TV's across India.
A public works minister,
Yadav belongs to the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party.
He in a panic tried to cool down the whole episode. He said at the news conference that the comments had been taken out of context and that he had been discussing how to combat corruption.
The province has a long history of corruption and the person who ran Uttar Pradesh before today was Mayawati.
Although poverty was rampant in her province, she spent a lot of money, actually millions of rupees on projects for the construction of statues of herself.
She also had spent enormous amounts of money on diamond jewelry.
Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh's chief minister, just got his job by claiming to be the end of corruption in the state. The members of his political party have been under investigation for corruption.
India has a corrupt government in general.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government was also involved in a huge disruption over graft, leading millions of Indians to protest against him..