PM`s statement against Oppn regrettable: BJP

BJP took offence to Manmohan Singh`s contention that the opposition was raking up P Chidambaram`s name in 2-G spectrum scam for early elections.

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2011, 22:08 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Tuesday took offence to Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh`s contention that the opposition was
raking up P Chidambaram`s name in the 2-G spectrum scam as it
wanted early elections, and said it was akin to making a
mockery of the whole issue.

"The Prime Minister`s statement is deeply regrettable and
unfortunate. While we are demanding a probe in the issue, he
has said the opposition wants early polls. This is making a
mockery of the whole issue," BJP Chief spokesperson Ravi
Shankar Prasad said.

A meeting of the BJP top brass was held at senior party
leader LK Advani to discuss the issue.

Those present included Leader of the Opposition in Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley,
and senior leaders Gopinath Munde, SS Ahluwalia, Prasad and
Haren Pathak.

Prasad also cast aspersions on the CBI, saying while it is
not making a case against the Union Home Minister, it had
questioned former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh in
the case. Singh headed the GOM on Telecom during NDA rule.

BJP will come out with a structured response during a
media interaction by Jaitley and Swaraj tomorrow to the Prime
Minister`s remarks.

On his way back home after his visit to New York, Singh
told reporters on board that attempts were being made to
"destabilise polity" and accused the Opposition of getting
"prematurely restless" to "force" early elections.

PTI