Missing housing society scam papers a serious issue: Congress

Facing criticism from BJP with reports about key papers related to the Adarsh Housing Society scam going missing, Congress on Saturday said it was a "serious issue" if it has really happened.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2010, 21:32 PM IST

New Delhi: Facing criticism from BJP with
reports about key papers related to the Adarsh Housing Society
scam going missing, Congress on Saturday said it was a "serious
issue" if it has really happened.

"If papers have gone missing, it is definitely a serious
issue. But only a state government official can answer on it.
The issue concerns the state and is not related to the
Centre," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters here.
Accusing the Congress of trying to "cover up" the scam,
BJP said reports of key papers pertaining to the scandal going
missing was a "deliberate" move to protect important people
involved in it.

"When the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ashok
Chavan resigned over the issue, the files should have been
kept carefully. This is a deliberate attempt by Congress to
cover up the issue and protect key persons involved in the
Adarsh housing scam," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told
reporters here.

He said BJP would do everything to "thwart attempts of
the Congress to cover up the scam".

"There were key notings in the Adarsh file...how can it
go missing? We believe there are bigger names involved in the
housing scam and apart from Chavan, other wickets will fall."

The Congress spokesperson also downplayed the main
Opposition party`s criticism over Rahul Gandhi`s statement
made in Gujarat yesterday where the Congress leader compared
Chief Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese revolutionary
leader Mao.
"It`s true that development took pace in China during
Mao`s period but there were also clashes. Rahul Gandhi must
have made the statement in similar contexts while replying to
questions," Ahmed said.

PTI