BJP has no moral right to speak on corruption: Sachin Pilot
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Last Updated: Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:41
Lucknow: Union Minister of State for Communication Sachin Pilot on Friday said BJP has no moral right to speak on corruption as it had buckled under pressure in the case of Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, who continues to hold office despite facing graft charges.

"BJP has no moral right to talk about corruption as it had buckled under pressure and asked Yeddyurappa to continue as Karnataka Chief Minister even though graft charges have been proved against him," Pilot told reporters here.

Accusing BJP of following double standards, he said, "By asking Yeddyurappa to continue, BJP has institutionalised corruption."

On 2G spectrum scam, Pilot said, "Agencies are probing the whole issue and CAG had also submitted its report."

When asked why the government was not conceding to the opposition's demand of a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the 2G scam, he said, "Once the CAG report is tabled in the house, it is debated and then referred to Public Accounts Committee. BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi is the chairman of the PAC. He should look into the CAG report and make recommendation. What is the need of breaking this series?"

"We are in favour of having a debate over the CAG report in the Parliament, but the opposition should allow the House to proceed," he said.

Pilot alleged central funds are not reaching the real beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh.

"There is complete maladministration and plundering in UP. There is no account of where the funds being provided by the Centre are going and one thing is sure that the benefit is not reaching the villages," he said.

On whether Rahul's charm failed in Bihar with Congress failing to put up a good show in this year's state Assembly elections, Pilot said, "This is completely wrong. Though we wanted to win more seats, but also we knew we were not in a position to form the government. Moreover after a long gap, the party decided to go on its own in Bihar."

Congress won only four seats in the election, which is five seats less than what it had got last time.

The party had won nine and 10 seats respectively in November 2005 and February 2005 assembly elections in the state when it had allied with Lalu Prasad's RJD and Ram Vilas Paswan's LJP respectively.

It had got 23 seats in the 2000 assembly elections in undivided Bihar, when it had contested alone. Out of this, 12 had gone to Jharkhand after the bifurcation of the state, leaving the Congress strength in Bihar to 11.


First Published: Friday, November 26, 2010, 20:41

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