New Delhi: Describing former Telecom
minister A Raja`s arrest as "belated", BJP today asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh why he had been silent on this issue
for so long and maintained this development had vindicated its
demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum allocation scam.
"The allocation of spectrum at a grossly under stated
value and seletion of persons as an act of favouritism to whom
it is to be alloted took place in 2007, early 2008. More than
three years have elapsed and for over three years this
government was in denial," Leader of the Opposition in Rajya
Sabha Arun Jaitley said.
He maintained that the government kept defending Raja
despite the opposition, media pressure and repeated debates in
"The Prime Minister maintained even late last year
that Raja did nothing wrong, he did what his predecessor did.
(Kapil) Sibal maintained a fortnight ago that Raja had caused
no loss to the exchequer," Jaitley said.
Alleging that the government was involved in this
"cover-up exercise", BJP insisted that Raja`s arrest was a
"belated action" which had come under pressure from the
judicial system, Parliament, the public and media.
"I wish the Prime Minister, instead of living in
denial, had acted three years ago so that this huge,
monumental loss to the public exchequer had not taken place,"
However, BJP maintained that its stand on JPC would
not be diluted.
"Our stand on JPC remains because it is on much larger
issues. Why was the Telecom portfolio kept only for DMK? Why
within DMK it was kept only for A Raja? How and why some
policies were framed? And the role of middlemen," Jaitley
He claimed that these issues did not relate directly
to the "culpability" of A Raja and so a JPC was needed to look
into the larger issues.
Dubbing Raja`s arrest as "too little too late", party
spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy demanded that others involved
in the 2G spectrum scam should also be brought to book.
"The arrest is too little too late. It is very unfair
to say that Raja alone had gulped Rs 1.76 lakh crore. Who are
the rest of the people? BJP categorically wants to know that,"
Rudy said, adding that the arrest was just the beginning of an
"Please don`t give credit to the government for the
arrest. Government has to answer many questions before this
finally comes to an end," he said.
BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman maintained that
though a "loot" of Rs 1.76 Lakh crore had taken place in 2G
spectrum allocation, the Prime Minister had remained silent.
"Our demand for a JPC probe has been vindicated," she
said and held the Congress responsible for the "complete
washout" of the Winter session of Parliament.
"The sheer arrogance and adamance of the Congress
party is responsible for the wasting of the winter session,"