Oppn ruckus in Bihar House to prevent expose of misdeeds: BJP

BJP today said opposition RJD and Congress legislators in Bihar behaved in an unruly manner in the state legislature to prevent a debate on a CAG report which could have exposed their "misdeeds" when they were in power.

Last Updated: Jul 22, 2010, 21:03 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP today said opposition RJD and
Congress legislators in Bihar behaved in an unruly manner in
the state legislature to prevent a debate on a CAG report
which could have exposed their "misdeeds" when they were in
power.

"The opposition deliberately did not want any debate
because many of its own misdeeds and glaring cases of
corruption of the RJD government duly supported by Congress
would have been exposed," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar
Prasad said.

He described the behaviour of opposition MLAs and MLCs as
"deeply regrettable and reprehensible".

"The Presiding Officers of both the Houses as well as the
Chief Minister were themselves ready for a debate in any form
that the opposition wanted," Prasad said.

The CAG report covers the period from 2002-07 which
includes 42 months of RJD rule, 11 months of President`s Rule
when Buta Singh was the Governor, and two years of Nitish
Kumar`s JD(U)-BJP rule.

He argued that the entire issue related to accounts
adjustment and reconciliation of expenditure and there was no
scam as alleged by RJD, Congress and LJP.

"The CAG report for 2002-07 is pending consideration
before the Public Accounts Committee headed by an Opposition
MLA," Prasad said.

He said mere mention by CAG of some anomalies in
accounting, which "is required to be reconciled or adjusted or
whose utilisation certificate has not been furnished", would
not lead to an "inference of misappropriation".

"It is an ongoing process, otherwise, thousands of crores
of expenditure of the union government, would become
misappropriation straightaway because the CAG report has
pointed out that utilisation certificate relating to these
expenditures has not been furnished," Prasad said.

"Large amounts of expenditure not only by union government
but also by many state governments have not been reconciled
and Detailed Contingent Bills not furnished against Abstract
Contingent Bills," he added.

PTI