BJP takes strong exception to Cong remarks against Gadkari

BJP on Wednesday took strong exception to the "uncivilised, personal" comments of Congress against party president Nitin Gadkari, saying there was no place for such discourse in a democracy.

Updated: Oct 20, 2010, 23:30 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday took strong exception
to the "uncivilised, personal" comments of Congress against
party president Nitin Gadkari, saying there was no place for
such discourse in a democracy.

"Through his uncouth, personal comments against BJP
national President Nitin Gadkari yesterday, Congress
spokesperson Manish Tewari has shown his own uncivilised
behaviour," BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said.
Reacting to the BJP chief`s allegations that the Prime
Minister`s Office as well as his cabinet were involved in
alleged corruption in the Commonwealth Games projects, Tewari
had called Gadkari a "spoilt brat".

Javadekar maintained that in a democracy Congress had
every right to express its views, but it should not have been
done in an uncivilised manner. BJP also warned the Congress
that it was capable of using such language too but that was
not its way of functioning.

"People have always condemned such comments but the
Congress should remember that it also has a president. And it
is not in our nature to make such comments. But don`t think we
cannot do such things. Political discourse has to be with a
certain decency... Congress should practice restraint,"
Javadekar said.

The Rajya Sabha member maintained that Gadkari had raised
issues of "public importance, national importance, corruption,
and the shame brought to the nation by the culprits, and
definitely the errors committed of omission and commission".
"It is our right to tell this. Accept our demand for a
JPC if you want to bring out the truth and expose corruption.
And give the correct answers to the issues we are raising,"
Javadekar said.

Clarifying why the PMO was dragged into the allegations
related to CWG, Javadekar said, "Congress got incited about
why we named the PMO yesterday. Suresh Kalmadi and Sheila
Dikshit are directly responsible for besmirching the face of
the nation. They are fighting now among themselves but for
long they were partners. Sometimes there is a fight over loot
also."

He alleged that the PMO was responsible for inflating the
budget of the Games without verifying facts.

Javadekar insisted that other than Rs 1600 crore given
to the Organising Committee, Rs 100 crore were given for
technology, Rs 750 crore for overlays.

"The CEO for the Games, Jarnail Singh was appointed by
the PMO in October 2009. All final sanctions were given by
him. He has signed on all the papers. Proper appraisal was not
done," he alleged.

BJP also said the government appointed a GOM and a
committee of secretaries which held several meetings to take
stock of the situation and so were responsible.

"Arjun Singh headed the GOM first. Then Jaipal Reddy was
given charge," Javadekar said.

PTI