PM, Sonia owe explanation to nation: JD(U)

The ruling JD (U) today said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi owned an explanation to the nation on the allocation of 2G spectrum following Supreme Court`s observations on the controversy.

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2010, 00:48 AM IST

Patna: The ruling JD (U) today said Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi owned
an explanation to the nation on the allocation of 2G spectrum
following Supreme Court`s observations on the controversy.

Alleging that the Centre had tried to cover issues
related to the "biggest-ever scam of the country", JD(U)
national spokesperson Shivanand Tiwari said Janata Party chief
Subramaniam Swami had sought PMO sanction for prosecution of
former telecom minister A Raja way back in November 29, 2008.
"The Public Complaint and Pension Ministry had
responded to Swami in March 2010 saying it would not be
appropriate to prosecute Raja," he said.

Now the Supreme Court had made observations against
the PM and the PMO for delay in grant of sanction for
prosecution, Tiwari said.

Alleging that Raja had "openly defied and overlooked"
rules in allotting 2G Spectrum Licences, he said "The Prime
Minister can`t escape responsibility in the issue."

"The process adopted for the distribution of the
licences has been in the public domain ... People at the top
were aware of it," he said, adding, 100 out 222 applications
were rejected, while 85 others were declared ineligible to
which the finance department concurred.

He also criticised Gandhi for targeting Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar during her election campaigns in Bihar.

"What was she (Sonia) doing when there was delay in
sanction for prosecution ?... She also owes an explanation to
the nation about the 2G Spectrum deal and CWG corruption," he
said.

-PTI