BJP holds PM guilty of silence, inaction in 2G scam

BJP charged PM Manmohan Singh with conspiracy of silence, culpable inaction and gross indifference.

Last Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 19:51 PM IST

Mumbai: Sharpening its attack on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh in the 2G Spectrum scam, BJP on Sunday
charged him with conspiracy of silence, culpable inaction and
gross indifference.

At a press conference here, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar
Prasad accused the Prime Minister of being a silent spectator
when former Telecom Minister A Raja flouted his directives for
ensuring fairness and transparency in the allocation of
spectrum.
He said the Prime Minister was "guilty" of conspiracy of
silence, culpable inaction and gross indifference adding that
spectrum pricing was kept out of the Group of Ministers (GoM)
purview and left to Raja`s discretion.

Referring to the controversy over the S-Band spectrum
given to Devas, Prasad said it is the second scam under a
clean Prime Minister and wondered how no one bothered to
question him.
"S-Band spectrum was given only to Devas Multimedia
without competitive bidding. The Space Ministry comes directly
under the Prime Minister. How is it that no one bothers to ask
the PM. This is the second scam under a clean Prime Minister,"
he said.

Prasad demanded an explanation from the Prime Minister
over the Antrix-Devas deal as to why the government continued
talks with Devas till a few weeks ago if the deal was scrapped
in July 2010.

He said Devas CEO, Ramachandran Vishwanathan, had said
the company was in talks with officials in the PMO till as
late as a few weeks ago.

PTI

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