Govt protecting `corrupt` ministers: Advani

Backing his jailed party members, BJP veteran L K Advani Monday accused the government of putting "whistle-blowers" behind bars while protecting its "corrupt ministers".

Updated: Oct 03, 2011, 15:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Backing his jailed party members, BJP veteran L K Advani Monday accused the government of putting "whistle-blowers" behind bars while protecting its "corrupt
ministers" and said this was happening despite a bill being introduced in Parliament to protect those who expose scams.

"It is indeed shocking to find that the ruling party these days is exerting its utmost to protect corrupt ministers but has no qualms putting whistle-blowers behind bars," Advani
said in his latest blog posting referring to the 2G scam and two of BJP`s ex-MPs and his former close aide being sent to judicial custody in the 2008 cash-for-vote scam.

Advani recalled that the Manmohan Singh Cabinet approved
a Bill which protects whistle-blowers based on Law
Commmission`s report submitted to the government in December
2001. The whistle-blowers` protection bill was introduced in
the Lok Sabha.

"The Bill has not become law as yet. But the Cabinet having approved of it, government should feel committed to its core principle," he said.

Advani said his former aide Sudheendra Kulkarni along
with ex-MPs Fagan Singh Kulaste and Mahaveer Bhagora had
"rendered a signal service to democracy by blowing the whistle
to expose how in 2008 crores were given as bribes to Lok Sabha
MPs to cross vote in favour of the Congress," to win the trust
vote when the Left parties had withdrawn support to the UPA I.

Quoting a WikiLeaks report on the events surrounding the
trust vote, he said the Manmohan Singh government "not only
indulged in massive bribery to buy MPs to its side, but had no
shame flaunting its dirty plans before U S Embassy officials
only to reassure the that the UPA government was not going to
fall, and that the Indo-U.S. Nuclear deal will go through".

At the valedictory session of the BJP National Executive
in New Delhi last week, Advani had referred to the Prime
Minister`s comment about the opposition becoming impatient to
see UPA government`s ouster.

"I said that in the country today, not only in the media,
but also among the people, opinion is unanimous that the UPA
Government is in an unenviable mess. This fact is also widely
recognised that the mess is of the Congress` own making. I
described the UPA Government as being in a suicidal mode," he
said quoting his speech.

Advani said he had once openly claimed that Janata Party,
of which he was part, was on a "suicidal mood."

The BJP leader made a reference to lemmings-small rodents
usually found in or near the Arctic. Large numbers of lemmings
start marching towards the sea and while some swim and
survive, most die, he said.

"I wrote then that the Janata party seems to be in the
grips of a lemmings complex. One can say the same thing about
the UPA Government today," he said.

PTI