PM should personally clarify on S-band spectrum: BJP

Alleging a "mega scam" in the allocation of the scarce S-band spectrum, BJP on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally clear the air on the issue as Department of Space comes under the PMO.

Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 21:52 PM IST

New Delhi: Alleging a "mega scam" in the
allocation of the scarce S-band spectrum, BJP on Wednesday asked
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to personally clear the air on
the issue as Department of Space comes under the PMO.
"BJP is not satisfied at the government`s silence on the
mahaghotala (mega scam)...as the Department of Space comes
under him, the Prime Minister should break his silence and
address the nation on how such a scam took place," BJP
spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters here.

He said the party will wait till the beginning of the
budget session for the PM to break his silence. The PMO has
already issued a statement terming reports of loss in S-band
spectrum allocation as without basis.

Hussain said since the department works under the
"maharaja" (referring to the Prime Minister), it was necessary
that he himself should come clean on the issue. "He should
address a press conference and tell the nation how a scam
could take place in a department controlled by him. Any delay
in clearing the air is not acceptable," Hussain said.
Asked whether BJP would seek the resignation of the
Prime Minister as it did in case of former Telecom Minister A
Raja for his alleged role in 2G scam, Hussain said first the
Prime Minister should make a statement on the issue. "After
that, we will see what we have to say," he said.

Hussain claimed it was "distressing" to note that ISRO
officials fielded to answer questions on the spectrum
allocation made a "futile and half-hearted attempt" to skirt
and deflect the issue.

"How spectrum of 20 MHz was given to BSNL at the rate of
Rs 12,847 crore whereas to Devas it was given for a mere Rs
1000 crore for 70 MHz," he wondered.

He said in scams like Adarsh Housing Society, 2G spectrum
allocation and those relating to Commonwealth Games, other
ministries and department were involved, "but in this scam, a
department functioning under the PMO is involved which only
shows that the virus of corruption has not spared even the
PMO."

The BJP MP said since Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan was a Minister of State in the PMO, he too
was duty-bound to clarify on the issue.

PTI