CBI raids: Cong claims high moral ground on corruption issue
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 22:03
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 "intact".

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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 22:03

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