New Delhi: BJP on Thursday said Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh`s statement that CAG was dabbling in policy
issues was "unwarranted and deeply regrettable" and maintained
that most of the conclusions of the auditor had turned out to
"The Prime Minister in his comments to the editors has
made a most unwarranted comment against the CAG that he is
commenting on policy issues. This is deeply regrettable," BJP
chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
"Singh has become the first Prime Minister to criticise
the CAG," he added.
Prasad maintained that since Singh has vast
bureaucratic and governmental experience, he would surely know
that the manner of implementation of policy can be examined by
the CAG and there is a whole constitutional process about its
preparation and acceptance by Parliament.
"In the case of 2G licences, the CAG has examined very
serious infirmities and irregularities in the implementation
of the policy of allotment. Most of its conclusions have been
found to be correct in CBI investigation which is being
monitored by the Supreme Court," Prasad said.
"This is a serious matter concerning probity and
propriety in our governance. To publicly castigate the CAG is
condemnable," Prasad said.
Taking digs at the Prime Minister, he said "you have
criticised the opposition. Now, you are criticising the media.
Whoever is critical of you becomes the object of your ire. The
country is grateful that you have spared the Supreme Court."
He alleged the Prime Minister was not "firm and
credible" in his actions.