New Delhi: Congress on Thursday slammed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his remarks that CAG should not sensationalise its report, saying it amounts to threatening the government auditor and wondered if the ruling dispensation feels it could be targeted on its reports like the UPA was.
Ajay Maken, general secretary and in-charge of media communication, questioned why Jaitley did not say the same when his party, BJP, stalled Parliament over reports on 2G spectrum and coal block allocations during UPA rule.
Accusing the government of "misleading and hoodwinking" the country, Maken said Congress "strongly condemns" the statement of Jaitley in which he said the CAG should not sensationalise its report.
Speaking to reporters, he wondered why Jaitley, a senior BJP leader, forgot to say the same when CAG reports "used to be leaked even before being placed before Parliament, and "when the Finance Minister's party, based on those reports, used to disrupt the parliament for days."
Condemning "this kind of threat" to the CAG, he questioned why Jaitley had not made similar observations when the CAG was holding press conferences and giving power point presentations on its reports during the UPA tenure.
Maken questioned, "Why this sudden change of heart and u-turn? Is it because of the CAG report on Gujarat which talks about irregularities worth Rs 25,000 crore in land affairs when (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi was the CM?...Now do Arun Jaitley and Modi feel that opposition would use against them CAG reports, based on which they had stalled Parliament for long?"
Another Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh also criticised Jaitley.
"CAG should not sensationalize its findings,"- Arun Jaitley. Wish he had realised this when 2G and Coal Block CAG Report came!", he tweeted.
Maken said Congress does not see the statement of the
Finance Minister yesterday as "just a one-off incident" or as "one chapter" but "as one sequence".
In this context, the Congress leader recalled Narendra Modi's address to Gujarat Assembly on May 21 before he was sworn-in as Prime Minister.
"He (Modi) said CAG report must not be used to target opponents. He did this after the election results were out.... Modi says CAG report should not be used to target opposition. Finance Minister says CAG report should not be sensationalised," he said.
Maken said that since the BJP government came five months ago, "there would have been probably not a single day when they (government) did not make a U-turn on a particular issue. We often think that they government will at least stick to its stand on other issues when one issue settles."
Taking a dig at the government, Maken said done a "U-turn" on number of issues like Anderson report (on 1962 India-China war), insurance legislation, GST, double taxation agreement and even black money.
"And now the latest is the on the CAG report over which we are surprised," he added.
Addressing the annual conference of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) yesterday, Jaitley had said "Auditor should be conscious of the fact that he is reviewing a decision that has already been taken. Have the fair procedures been followed?
"He doesn't have to sensationalise. He doesn't have to get into the headlines," Jaitley had said.
Jaitley had insisted that an auditor has to be "an active auditor but activism and restraint are always the two sides of the same coin."
: Police authorities on Thursday ordered a probe into picture posts of the Jammu-Kathua range DIG by his son bragging about "king size" life and privileges given by the government to his father.
"Yes, probe has been ordered (into JK DIG's son posts pictures bragging about 'king size' life)," a senior police officer said.
Probe has been ordered by the Director General of Police (DGP) into the case of expose of DIG's picture posts.
The businessman son of Jammu and Kashmir DIG has created a row by sharing some photographs on a social networking site, in which the youth purportedly brags about the perks and privileges given by the government to his father.
The pictures posted on 'Instagram' by the son of the Deputy Inspector General of Police Jammu-Kathua range, Shakeel Ahmed Beig, have gone viral on several social networking sites, even though they were deleted from the original profile.
In one of the pictures, a man is seen tying shoe laces of the DIG while the caption next to the picture reads,"Real King --My Dad!! Last time he put his shoes himself was almost 15 years ago #BossLife #King xx."
The caption on another picture shows a police gypsy surrounded by the armed police personnel reads, "Motivation right here! Traffic and this is how police and gunmen clear traffic when my dad is on the road #power#king#guns."
In another picture, the DIG who was awarded Presidential police medal this year, is seen coming out of a building with his son and surrounded by policemen.
The caption on the picture reads, "Dad and I. #Security, #Guns and #Umbrella even when there is no sun or rain."
Reacting to the news, the DIG told an English news channel yesterday, "I have served my entire life with respect and dignity, now that I am retiring, someone has done the mischief."