New Delhi: With the party and the government
on the backfoot in the wake one scandal after another,
Congress today utilised the CBI crackdown in the 2G Spectrum
scam to claim high moral ground on the issue of corruption.
"Congress is committed to taking action against
corruption and fighting all types of corruption. We are for
clean governance," declared party general secretary Janardan
Dwivedi when asked about the raids and their likely fall-out
on the party`s alliance with DMK in Tamil Nadu.
"All these actions are part of the different kinds of
investigations going on into the issue. As far the
relationship with our allies is concerned, we trust our
allies and this trust is always mutual,", Dwivedi said.
Noting that the probe is aimed at bringing to fore the
truth on the issue, he said, "it is not proper to connect
that issue (of Congress-DMK ties) with this".
Sources close to the top leadership dismissed speculation
of any threat to the alliance saying everything will remain
Dwivedi recalled that party President Sonia Gandhi had
made it clear during the CPP meeting on Monday that "there
will be absolutely no tolerance for corruption and
misconduct." He said that the party has been maintaining this
stand for long.
"We have taken action in many such issues. We have also
taken action when allegations were levelled even before
charges could proved in some cases," he said referring to the
resignations of Ashok Chavan from Maharashtra Chief Minister`s
post and A Raja from Telecom Ministry.
"Even this minister (Raja) resigned before charges were
proved," Dwivedi said.
"Let inquiries be over. I believe every one who was
raising question had this (investigation) as one of the
points. That is precisely being addressed now....If there is
any doubt anywhere, it must be inquired into properly."
Reacting to the Opposition`s allegation that raids are an
example of too little too late, the Congress leader shot back,
"this is negative approach and complete negative politics".
"They have been saying so many things and seeking
inquiries. And now they are saying it is eyewash. I fail to
understand what they want. One should not be cynical," he
said accusing the Opposition of reacting in this manner "for
their own partisan politics".
CBI today searched the office and residential premises of
corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, former TRAI Chairman Pradip
Baijal and a Chennai NGO with which DMK MP Kanimozhi is
allegedly linked. Searches were also carried out premises of
some auditors and accountants of Raja.