Sonia equally responsible for graft: BJP

BJP on Wednesday held UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi equally responsible for the "inaction" against corruption in government.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 19:56 PM IST

New Delhi: BJP on Wednesday held UPA Chairperson
Sonia Gandhi equally responsible for the "inaction" against
corruption in government and claimed that she reflected the
opposition`s sentiments by saying that mere speeches were not
enough to end graft.
"The UPA Chairperson has said in her speech at a
programme in Uttarakhand that public speeches will not end
corruption. I think she has read out our statement. We have
been saying for long that corruption is not going to end by
speeches," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain.

Gandhi`s speech was read out in her absence as she kept
away from the programme due to ill-health.

The opposition demanded that Gandhi should inform the
people about the steps taken by her government to tackle
corruption.

"The hands of both the UPA-I and UPA-II governments
are soiled in corruption," Hussain said.

Listing the series of corruption cases that have taken
place since the Congress-led government has been power, the
BJP said no action had been taken against Home Minister P
Chidambaram despite his involvement in 2G spectrum scam or
against Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit in the
Commonwealth Games scam.
The party also sought to know why former Telecom
Minister A Raja is in jail while Chidambaram is holding a key
cabinet berth when "both have committed the same mistake".

"Only talking at Congress conclaves, public meetings
and in Parliament that you will fight against corruption and
then not taking any step will not do," Hussain said.

BJP alleged that she was as responsible as the Prime
Minister for failing to fight corruption.

"In the Adarsh Housing scam, though Union ministers
Sushil Kumar Shinde and Vilasrao Deshmukh have been questioned
by the CBI, they continue to be in the Cabinet. Gandhi should
also tell us why Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat is being
shielded in the mining scam in the state," Hussain said.

PTI