New Delhi: As a fresh controversy surfaced in
the 2G scam with Home Minister P Chidambaram being dragged
into it, BJP today took potshots at the Government saying
there was a "civil-war like situation" and asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to clarify his stand.
Referring to the Finance Ministry note which said that 2G
spectrum could have been auctioned if Chidambaram as Finance
Minister in 2008 had insisted, BJP leader Arun Jaitley hailed
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, saying "at least someone
in Congress has spoken the truth".
He said the government had attacked anyone -- judiciary,
the opposition and the CAG -- who spoke about irregularities
in 2G spectrum allocation but "now the most experienced and
wisest person in the government is saying so."
Addressing a function here, the Leader of Opposition in
the Rajya Sabha said, "the government is at war with itself...
There is a civil-war like situation within" the government.
Taking a dig at Singh`s continued silence, Jaitley said,
"the most important question that the Prime Minister should be
asked is -- whether you were there or not or you had no
knowledge of even this."
Asking the Prime Minister what he was "doing when
national loot was taking place", Jaitley had a poser for him
-- "What was your responsibility? Were you only guilty of a
conspiracy of silence?"