Sonia`s speech triggers Cong-BJP slugfest

Sonia Gandhi`s speech, which made a veiled attack on Team Anna, sparks a political slugfest between Congress and BJP over the issue of corruption.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2011, 20:07 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia
Gandhi`s speech in Uttarkhand on Wednesday, which made a veiled
attack on Team Anna, sparks a political slugfest between
Congress and BJP over the issue of corruption.

While BJP accused the UPA Chairperson of being equally
responsible for the "inaction" against corruption in
government, Congress said the opposition party has no moral
right to talk about corruption.

"It is surprising that BJP talks about corruption.
Whenever Congress and the government felt there was slightest
indication of corruption, action was taken even before the
courts held anybody guilty," Congress spokesperson Rashid
Alvi told reporters here.

He also raked up the corruption issues involving former
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurapa, former party
President Bangaru Laxman and former party MP Dilip Singh
Judev.

"Advani says he tried to convince former Karnataka Chief
Minister BS Yeddyurappa but he does not detail what he tried
to convince him. Then why Advani remained silent," Alvi said.

BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said "the UPA
Chairperson has said in her speech at a programme in
Uttarakhand that mere 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".

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

Alvi dismissed BJP`s criticism of UPA government on price
rise issue saying there was no let-up in the same during NDA
rule but added that Congress wants the government to take
steps to bring down prices as soon as possible and is hopeful
it will happen before long.

PTI