2G issue: BJP wants PM to resign, Congress terms it a stuck record
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Last Updated: Monday, December 27, 2010, 00:09
  
Lucknow/New Delhi: BJP on Sunday renewed its demand that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh resign on moral grounds over the 2G spectrum scam inviting a sharp response from Congress which said the opposition party was sounding like a "stuck record" devoid of any substance.

The BJP, which wanted the Prime Minister to take moral responsibility for the scam, also demanded an apology from the Congress for levelling allegations that the NDA government had links with controversial corporate lobbyist Niira Radia

The main opposition party accused Congress of engaging in "desperate" tactics to deflect people's attention from the corruption issue.

The Congress should apologise to senior BJP leader L K Advani for claiming that he attended a function of a Trust controlled by Radia, party spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad told reporters in Lucknow.

In New Delhi, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said the BJP was "sounding like stuck record which is devoid of any substance."

Reacting sharply to BJP's demand for Prime Minister's resignation on moral grounds, Tiwari said "The Congress and the UPA government has acted even when there was perception of corruption and BJP has always walked the extra mile to patronise the corrupt from Bangaru Laxman to Yeddyurappa."

"There is a man Dheeraj Rao, who enjoys very good relationship with a prominent Congress family of Haryana, has levelled baseless allegations against BJP leaders," he said.

Prasad rejected the allegation that Advani inaugurated a function of a Trust controlled by Radia.

"In reality, Advani attended a function of a religious organisation of Pejavar Swamy and the land was alloted to him by the United Front government," Prasad said, adding,"Allegations levelled against (BJP chief Nitin) Gadkari have turned out to be baseless and Ananth Kumar has already issued a legal notice.

"This is not the first time when Congress is playing such tactics, it has done so in the past as well," he alleged and demanded that the Congress "apologise to Advani".

Terming the irregularities in the allocation of 2G spectrum as the biggest scam in the country, he said, "Being the Prime Minister, when ministers were looting public exchequer, he should resign owning moral responsibility."

Prasad said the BJP will not relent on its demand for a JPC probe into 2G issue as PAC's jurisdiction was very limited.

PTI


First Published: Monday, December 27, 2010, 00:09


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