New Delhi: After Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s strong attack on BJP over the Wikileaks issue,
Congress today went on the offensive dismissing the Opposition
party`s demand for a CBI inquiry into the cash-for-votes scam.
Accusing the BJP of playing "politics of frustration",
Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the party`s
allegations of corruption against the UPA government is a
classic case of "kettle calling the pot black".
Rejecting senior BJP leader Sushama Swaraj`s demand
for a CBI probe into the cash for vote scam, he said,"We
completely disagree with her allegation, thinking and
approach. We oppose it and believe that the issue is being
raised by the BJP to create political sensation".
He said that his party won`t be dictated by her on
the matter. Referring to the sting operation carried out by a
news channel during the trust vote in July 2008, Singhvi the
manner in which it was conducted was "fundamentally opposed
to legitimate sting operation".
Accusing the BJP of having a hand in it, he said,"You
cannot create situations for corruption and then allege
corruption....BJP ended the difference between a sting
operation and a trap just for the sake of occupying power".
He said all that BJP had done in 2008 was "how to
remove a democratically elected government through
Singhvi said that the main opposition party displayed
"politics of frustration" in its attempt of shortcircuiting
the mandate of five years.
He said that Leaders of Opposition in Lok Sabha
(Sushama Swaraj) and in Rajya Sabha (Arun Jaitley) are engaged
in "competitive politics within themselves" asking it and
other sections of the Opposition to introspect over the issues
they have been raising.
He added that BJP was more into "persons based
competitive politics" than raising issues of Aam Admi (common
man) and development.
Accusing the BJP of creating a hullabaloo over
Wikileaks, Singhvi said the issue did not generate such heat
in any other country of the world, adding that the main
opposition party was interested more in creating instability
than recording corruptibililty.
He added that during the entire session, BJP did not
evince interest in issues of public importance and attempted
to postpone even the Finance Bill.
Regarding Swaraj`s demand that Parliament should pass
a unanimous resolution to scrap the 1989 "out of the court
settlement" between the Indian government and Union Carbide,
Singhvi also said, "Government of India will not be dictated
by about a resolution to be passed. The government is entitled
to exercise its discretion..."
A combative Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had hit back
at the Opposition in Parliament yesterday for relying on
unverified diplomatic communications and raised questions over
the authenticity of the correspondence between the US Embassy
here and its government in Washington.