Cong`s right to question SP, BSP dented: Jaitley

Last Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 18:45

Lucknow: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said
that the Congress` right to challenge the system of "ugahiraj"
(institutionalized extortion) of BSP and "goondaraj" of SP in
Uttar Pradesh has taken a knock following the Supreme Court
order in 2G spectrum case.

"To challenge the `goondaraj` of Samajwadi Party and the
ugahiraj of BSP is the central issue in Uttar Pradesh Assembly
election. After the Supreme Court decision today, Congress`
right to challenge this system has been affected," he told
reporters here.

The Supreme Court today cancelled the 122 2G spectrum
licences granted by former telecom minister A Raja on the
ground that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and
unconstitutional" manner.

Jaitley said that all Congress leaders coming to UP for
campaigning should first reply the questions arising out of
the SC order.

"This (spectrum allocation) was not the decision of one
person but of the entire cabinet, in which the then Telecom
Minister and Finance Minister are specially responsible," the
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said while putting the
entire UPA government in the dock.

He said it was only a technical question that which
court would investigate the matter, in reality every person
involved in that decision would have judicial accountability,
besides political and moral.

"After the court`s decision in 2G spectrum case, the
then Finance Minister and now Home Minister P Chidambaram
should think himself that how justified was for him to
continue in the post," Jaitley said replying to a question.

On role of the Prime Minister, he said it was a
collective decision of the UPA government and he cannot shrug
his responsibility.

Jaitley said that after the apex court`s decision,
suspicion was natural among domestic and foreign investors
over the entire economy.

He claimed that the government`s attention was drawn
several times regarding allegations in the 2G case, but Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh "ignored" the matter to save A Raja.

Terming Finance Minister as guard of state exchequer,
Jaitely said that spectrum was property of the government and
allotting it without auction in an arbitrary manner in 2008
at 2001 rate was wrong.

The BJP leader that development was becoming an agenda in
UP Assembly polls, but by fixing 4.5 per cent quota for
minorities within 27 per cent OBC reservation, Congress
changed the agenda by giving "communal colour" to political
atmosphere.

Accusing Congress of indulging into divisive politics, he
alleged that SP and BSP were doing the same.

Jaitley claimed that attempts being made by Congress,
SP and BSP were resulting in polarisation of votes which would
benefit BJP.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 18:18

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