Gadkari should disclose his assets: Congress

Accusing BJP of indulging in hypocrisy over the issue of corruption, Congress on Monday demanded that BJP president Nitin Gadkari should disclose his assets and sources of income.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2010, 16:19 PM IST

Lakhimpur: Accusing BJP of indulging in hypocrisy over the issue of corruption, Congress on Monday demanded that BJP president Nitin Gadkari should disclose his assets and sources of income.

"Gadkari should disclose where are the properties he had acquired in the last 10 to 15 years and his source of income.

A high level inquiry should be done," party general secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here.

He alleged, "Contrary to Congress, which had always been very sensitive on corruption, BJP has played a mute spectator to the corruption among its own high rank and file."

Unlike Congress, BJP had never taken any action against any of its senior leaders or ministers involved in corruption, he claimed.

"The BJP talks about corruption but its own leaders were indulged in corruption, including Chief Minister Yedyurappa, who allotted land to his own two sons, Sudhanshu Mittal who was involved in CWG corruption, Reddy Brothers, Kirit Somaiya who was accused in stock exchange scam or former BJP president Bangaru Laxman and Dilip Singh Judev, who were caught on camera taking cash," he alleged.

The Congress leader said that BJP must answer to the people what it had done to these tainted leaders.

"The Congress and its president Sonia Gandhi are very sensitive on matters of corruption and took stringent action in such cases," he said.

Opposing the demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam, Singh said that after the CAG report had been tabled in Parliament, the public account committee (PAC) headed by BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi was free to carry out a probe.

Reacting on Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev`s veiled attack on the Congress, Singh advised him to shun Yoga, join politics and contest elections.

Talking to media, Digvijay Singh accused the ruling BSP government in UP as well as other non-Congress governments here for ignoring the development projects.

PTI