PM should take responsibility for corruption charges: Rudy
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Last Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011, 22:18
Patna: Alleging that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has "completely lost" credibility after multiple scams rocked his government "right under his nose", BJP today asked him to take moral responsibility for the corruption charges against his Cabinet colleagues.

"PM has completely lost credibility after the scams broke out right under his nose in the past two years and he should take moral responsibility for corruption charges against his cabinet colleagues," BJP spokesman Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.

Rudy, however, evaded a question as to whether his party favoured resignation of the prime minister and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.

"We had levelled corruption charges against PM earlier also after his senior cabinet colleagues were sent to jail following corruption charges," he said.

Pointing out that the scams have tarnished the image of the Centre, he said Pawar's role in the (telecom) scam was also being discussed in the wake of Niira Radia's revelations to the CBI.

He also alleged that the prime minister was a "total failure" in checking corruption and price rise.

"Deliberate attempts are being made to cover up the 2G spectrum allocation scam and to save the skin of the people at the top," he alleged and claimed that Radia's disclosures were hearsay as there is no substantive evidence in support of her charge.

"This can possibly result in the main accused going scot-free."

The BJP had, right since beginning, been vociferous in raising the issues related to corruption in 2G Spectrum allocation, Adarsh Housing allotment scam, appointment of the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and Commonwealth Games, he said.

"The people at the top have always tried to cover up, rather ignore and overlook our stand," he said, adding it was because of the intervention of the Supreme Court that some action had followed against corrupt public servants.

"We stand solidly behind social activist Anna Hazare about his stand against corruption. Now we are waiting for the draft of the effective Lokpal bill with a bated breath to tackle corruption."

Referring to criticism of Hazare for praising the governments of Bihar and Gujarat for delivering good to the people, the BJP Rajya Sabha member said it was unfortunate.

Be it be the 2004 elections or the general elections in 2009, BJP had strongly raised the issue related to bringing back black money stashed in banks abroad, he noted.

On whether India should accept invitation for cricket match in Pakistan, Rudy said the 'game should not be mixed with diplomacy or terror'.

To another question, Rudy said his party had always been averse to India signing nuclear deals with the US.

"What has happened in Japan recently is known to everybody now."


First Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 22:18

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