S-band spectrum: BJP, AIADMK want PM to break silence
The BJP and AIADMK on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to break his silence and personally clear the air on the allocation of the scarce S-band spectrum, dubbing it a "mega scam".
New Delhi: The BJP and AIADMK on Wednesday asked
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to break his silence and
personally clear the air on the allocation of the scarce
S-band spectrum, dubbing it a "mega scam".
Congress on its part debunked as "completely bizarre"
charges of a mega scam claiming that "apples are being
compared to pears" by using 3G auction as a benchmark for
valuing S-band spectrum.
"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 Prime Minister to break his silence.
The PMO yesterday 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,"
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.
AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa asked "How the Prime
Minister, an economist of repute, can be a silent accomplice
to such gross misdemeanours is beyond me. Singh has to break
his silence and come clean." she said.
Otherwise, people would lose faith in the Central
Government and the "nation will become a laughing stock before
the whole world," Jayalalithaa said in a statement in Chennai.
Media reports of a Rs two lakh crore loss to the
national exchequer in allocation of 70 Mega Hertz of valuable
S-band spectrum were shocking to say the least, she said.
Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said "This entire
thesis of pegging the loss using 3G auction as a benchmark for
valuing spectrum and calling it a scam is completely bizarre
....and should be debunked".
Claiming that "apples are being compared to pears", he
said that it needed to be understood that if 3G price would
have been applied to the 2G licences, then a telephone call
would have cost Rs 50.
He wanted the opposition to understand that police,
emergency services, broadcasting and meteorological services
do also use the scarce spectrum.