BJP targets PM on corruption issue

BJP on Monday targeted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the issue of corruption.

New Delhi: BJP on Monday targeted Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh over the issue of corruption saying he cannot
escape responsibility for alleged irregularities in allocation
of coal blocks and Devas Antrix deal.

Resuming the debate in Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks
on President`s Address, Prakash Javadekar (BJP) said there has
been a bigger corruption than 2G scam in the allocation of 143
coal blocks in the country as these were given to private
companies without any auction despite set norms.

Noting that work could start only in 26 of the 143 coal
blocks that were given, Javadekar said, "Now the Prime
Minister cannot say he has no information because he himself
was the Coal Minister."

He said this was a bigger scandal and BJP had already gone
to the CVC and CAG demanding a deeper probe into the issue.

Javadekar also attacked the government on Devas Antrix
deal asking as to how the government could say there was no
scam after canceling the tender of the deal.

"If it was not wrong, why did you cancel it....How can you
say the Prime Minister and the PMO did not know about it...
the then Minister of State for the PMO used to attend related
meetings. Why the scientists should be punished for the fault
of PMO," he asked.

He also took a dig at the UPA for the handling of its
allies saying all partners of the ruling coalition were "angry
and upset" and added that the Congress does not run a
coalition government.

The BJP leader accusing the UPA of being arrogant and said
it was infringing upon the rights of the states.

Taking a dig at the UPA, he said there are two power
centres. "The power is at 10 Janpath (Sonia Gandhi`s official
residence) and the post with Prime Minister. He does not have
the kind of influence now even as Prime Minister compared to
what he used to have as Finance Minister in the government of
P V Narasimha Rao," he said.