Sibal covering up 2G scam: BJP

Dismissing Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal`s charge that the NDA government lost Rs 1.43 lakh crore in revenue because of its policies, BJP on Wednesday said the minister was "defending the indefensible" in the 2G spectrum scam.

New Delhi: Dismissing Telecom Minister
Kapil Sibal`s charge that the NDA government lost Rs 1.43 lakh
crore in revenue because of its policies, BJP on Wednesday said the
minister was "defending the indefensible" in the 2G spectrum
scam.

"It is a worst kind of cover up," BJP spokesman
Prakash Javdekar said reacting to Sibal`s claim.

Sibal had yesterday claimed that the government
"actually" lost Rs 1.43 lakh crore in revenue in 1999 due to
the then BJP-led NDA regime shifting to revenue share system
from fixed licence fee for telecom operations.

Javdekar said NDA government`s "pragmatic policies"
and revenue sharing model "unleashed a revolution" in the
telecom sector and "it did not allow the sector to die".

It is evident from the "teledensity" in the country
today, he said.

Criticising the minister for comparing it to the
present telecom policy, he said, "You are selling the spectrum
in 2008 at the rate of 2001 and how you want to justify any
how is all bad advocacy...what was right in 2001 will not be
right in 2008."

Sibal`s comment come at a time when the government
auditor CAG has quantified a "presumptive" revenue loss of Rs
1.76 lakh crore due to non-auction of 2G spectrum in 2008 by
former Telecom Minister A Raja.

PTI

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