New Delhi: Stepping up his attack on the
BJP over the telecom policy pursued by its government in 1999, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal Wednesday said the opposition party
should not forget that they have skeletons in their cupboard.
Referring to his charge that the country had lost Rs 1.43 lakh crore during the NDA rule due to the changes it made
in the telecom policy, Sibal said, "This is not to take revenge but to tell them that please look inwards before you start attacking institutions and destroying that very substratum of Parliamentary democracy".
Sibal had yesterday claimed that the government
"actually" lost Rs 1.43 lakh crore in revenue in 1999 because
of the then BJP-led NDA regime shifting to revenue share
system from fixed license fee for telecom operations.
Asked whether his charge would be investigated, he
said, "They have a lot of skeletons in their cupboard which is
why I mentioned it (loss of Rs 1.43 lakh crore)".
He said he was only trying to highlight the issue of
corruption which has become a "societal issue".
"Corruption is an issue in this country and it
reflects in every layer of the society. The media is also not
far away from it. The political class is not far away from it.
The professional class is not far away from it. This is a
societal issue which needs to be addressed holistically," he
BJP has dismissed Sibal`s charges, saying the minister
was "defending the indefensible" in the 2G spectrum scam.
"It is a worst kind of cover up," BJP spokesman
Prakash Javdekar said reacting to Sibal`s claim.