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With BSY out of way, BJP launches attack on Cong

Last Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 22:03

New Delhi: With the chink in its armour on
corruption issue removed after the decision on Karnataka Chief
Minister B S Yeddyurappa, BJP on Thursday went all out in its attack
on the UPA government on various scams that had taken place
during its tenure.
"Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed has said
President`s Rule should be imposed in Karnataka. His statement
is condemnable and deeply unfortunate. Is Congress giving an
indication to Governor H R Bhardwaj to take some action?" BJP
Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad asked.

He insisted that there was no ground for President`s
Rule in the state as the BJP government enjoyed a majority,
and the party was only going for a change of leadership.
Moreover, BJP had won all the recent by-elections as well as
Taluka and Panchayat polls.

He alleged that Congress wants to do "back-seat driving"
in Karnataka politics which is not acceptable to BJP.

"Let Congress not try to come to power through the back
door. It has been rejected by the people of the state several
times," Prasad said.
The Rajya Sabha MP brought up the 2-G Spectrum issue and
asked how Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was not aware that
some wrong was being done. "And if he knew, why is he silent?"
he said.

"The Prime Minister is guilty of a conspiracy of silence
and culpable inaction," Prasad said, adding that he allowed
the then Telecom Minister A Raja to "ride roughshod" in the

Prasad insisted that Congress should first look within
before levelling charges as it is responsible for the 2G
scandal, the "biggest scam" in independent India which cost
the exchequer a loss of Rs 1.76 Lakh Crore.

The opposition charged that two union ministers,
Vilasrao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde, were continuing in
office despite being named in the Adarsh Society scam.

"And all limits were crossed in the Commonwealth Games
scam. The Prime Minister appointed the V K Shunglu Committee
to look into it and promised to take action on its
recommendations. But the Sheila Dikshit government overruled
the findings. There is a method in the madness that Dikshit
engaged in," Prasad said.

BJP charged that even in the cash-for-vote scam the
probe was at a standstill for three years.

"The Delhi police did not even take the statement of
Amar Singh (SP leader) and now the whistleblowers are being
harassed," Prasad said.

The opposition alleged that the Congress had no "moral
right" to talk about action against the corrupt.

"Manmohan Singh is the first Prime Minister who had to
give an affidavit in the Supreme Court in the CVC appointment
controversy," Prasad said.

The party also questioned the silence of Congress
President Sonia Gandhi on these scams.

"Sonia Gandhi, you are silent. How long will you be
silent? Your silence is surprising and curious. Or maybe you
do not have an answer. But the people of this country want an
answer," Prasad said.


First Published: Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 22:03

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