BJP demands statement from PM on S-band allocation

The BJP on Tuesday demanded a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the S-band allocation controversy, saying the subject falls under a department which is looked after by him and it involved the country`s security.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 15:27 PM IST

Kolkata: The BJP on Tuesday demanded a statement
from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the S-band allocation
controversy, saying the subject falls under a department which
is looked after by him and it involved the country`s security.

``Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet editors of
television channels tomorrow and we want him to speak on the
S-band allocation issue. He has not spoken on this,`` BJP
National spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters here.
``The department is held by the Prime Minister. This is a
new scam termed as S-band scam. This is a very serious issue.
We want a statement by the PM,`` she said.

She said that the bandhwith which had been given to a
private party was used by the Coast Guard and other national
security agencies.

She was speaking after the meeting of the party`s
national office-bearers here.

The BJP spokesperson said, ``We also want the Prime
Minister to speak on the whole issue of corruption and
blackmoney. Why are we not signing the UN charter of
corruption? It would have been easier to get information,``
she said.

The BJP spokesperson said that the Prime Minister
should also speak on price rise and food inflation.

Saying that an economist was leading the country, she
said, "We have had two full years of inflation. The Prime
Minister should speak on this issue.``

Turning to the demand of setting up a JPC, Sitharaman
said ``We are demanding JPC not only specifically on the 2G
spectrum scam, but on the whole issue of corruption.``
Apart from Nirmala Sitharaman, Arun Jaitley and a host
of senior BJP leaders including L K Advani, party president
Nitin Gadkari and former party chief Rajnath Singh are here
attending a crucial meeting of the party`s office-bearers in
view of the upcoming Assembly polls in five states.

The meeting will take stock of the situation in the
five states going to the polls, the party`s preparedness
and prospects of alliance with other parties, BJP central
observer Chandan Mitra had said here yesterday.

PTI