New Delhi: In the backdrop of CBI raids in
the offices of the Telecommunication ministry, Congress on Monday
said the party was for transparency in public life and has a
policy of zero tolerance towards corruption.
"As far as Congress is concerned, we are for transparency
in public life. We have a policy of zero tolerance towards
corruption," party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told reporters
Asked about the spectrum issue and the CBI raids, he said
this was for the government to respond as it had the relevant
To a query whether action should be taken against Telecom
Minister Raja, Ahmed said his name does not figure anywhere as
raids were against some officials.
On the BJP attack on the government on the issue, he said
the party wants to take political mileage even if nothing has
happened. "The party whose national President was shown on TV
accepting money talks of corruption. We can only laugh at
it...," Ahmed added.
Asked if Raja should resign on his own, the spokesman
said if a specific name comes up, the person concerned should
do what someone in public life does.
To a question whether the image of the UPA has been
sullied after the raids, he said these are mere allegations.
When recalled that he had served a minister of state in
telecommunications ministry in the previous government, Ahmed
said as a minister he never dealt with the issue of spectrum.