BJP doing politics over corruption, says Cong

Congress charged the BJP with indulging in politics over corruption and questioned what the party had done in Karnataka as also when it was in power at the Centre.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday charged the BJP with
indulging in politics over corruption and questioned what the
party had done in Karnataka as also when it was in power at
the Centre.

"We can do more politics than they (BJP) have done, but we
should do the politics for development of the country,"
Congress member Manish Tewari said participating in a
discussion in the Lok Sabha on the Motion of Thanks to the
President for her address to Parliament.

On alleged irregularities in the conduct of Commonwealth
Games (CWG), he said the Congress party had set an example by
asking Suresh Kalmadi to resign from party post on mere
allegations and set up the Shunglu committee to probe the
matter.
"You (BJP) are pointing fingers at us. What have you done
in Karnataka," he asked.

Initiating the debate on the Motion of Thanks, Congress
member P C Chacko mounted a strong defence of Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh against senior BJP leader L K Advani`s remarks
of being a "weak Prime Minister".

Alluding to the visit of top leaders of the US, China,
France, Britain, Russia to India, Chacko asked how the Prime
Minister could be called weak when all the leading countries
were declaring support to India.
"We are happy to have a Prime Minister like Dr Manmohan
Singh whose skills of macro-economic management have been the
most sought after the world over," he said.

Chacko, a member from Thrissur, also attacked the CPI(M)
alleging that its Kerala secretary was also involved in the Rs
240 crore Lavalin scam.

He also sought to ridicule the CPI(M) allegations of
government surrendering its independent foreign policy by
signing a nuclear cooperation agreement with the US.

Citing that heads of state and government of leading
nations have hailed India as an emerging power, Chacko
wondered how India could be called a weak nation when world
powers have declared their support to it.

He credited the government led by Singh with creating a new
atmosphere of friendship with world powers.

The Congress leader also sought to dismiss the anti-
American stand of the Left parties and termed it as a mere
"political ploy" which even they are not serious about.

Chacko said the Left parties, which have ruled West Bengal
for a long time, have failed to give a parallel example of
development in the country.

He contended that it was West Bengal along with Chhatisgarh
and Orissa where Naxalism has raised its ugly head.

PTI