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BJP accuses Prime Minister of `conspiracy of silence`

Launching an attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with regard to 2G spectrum scam and other corruption cases, the BJP on saturday accused him of "conspiracy of silence".



Hyderabad: Launching an attack on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh with regard to 2G spectrum scam and
other corruption cases, the BJP on saturday accused him of
"conspiracy of silence".

"Whenever the opposition seeks to know from Manmohan Singh
what action has been taken with regard to corruption, the only
thing the Prime Minister says is he did not know about it,"
BJP spokesperson Ravishankar Prasad said here today.
Prasad was speaking at a seminar on `Corruption, Misuse
of Government and Constitutional Institutions`, organised by
legal cell of state BJP.

"New scams by UPA government are being reported almost
every day, but the Prime Minister is still quiet," he said.

The BJP leader claimed that when 2G spectrum scam was
taking place, the Prime Minister, being the head of cabinet,
merely wrote letters to former telecom minister A Raja,
seeking information about the allocation of 2G licenses.

Raja gave licenses to his own people, disregarding TRAI`s
direction to allot the spectrum through an auction, he
alleged.
"The PM did not examine the whole matter, nothing happened
to stop such transactions by Raja....It was a conspiracy of
silence on the part of the PM," the senior BJP leader said.

Prasad said even now Singh had not been forthcoming on the
latest "S-band spectrum scam".

Referring to black money stashed away in foreign banks,
the BJP leader quoted a report of the Global Financial
Integrity and said over Rs 22 lakh crore, which came from
India, were lying in banks abroad.

Prasad also claimed that 147 countries were signatories to
the UN Convention on Corruption, which would enable the
government to disclose names of Indians who had put away their
black money abroad. But India did not sign the convention, he
said.

He asked Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and the Prime
Minister as to why they were not disclosing the names of the
Indian account-holders in foreign banks.

Prasad asked people, particularly lawyers, to unite and
come forward to fight against the "corrupt UPA government".

PTI

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