Sushma Swaraj attacks PM on corruption issue

Launching an attack on PM Manmohan Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said it was "regrettable" that he tries to "wash his hands off" the corruption allegations against his government despite being its leader.

Last Updated: Apr 28, 2011, 21:30 PM IST

New Delhi: Launching an attack on Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said it was "regrettable" that he tries to
"wash his hands off" the corruption allegations against his
government despite being its leader.
Addressing a rally of BJP women workers against price
rise and corruption, she said Singh can neither evade the
responsibility of corruption and scams in his tenure nor can
he shrug off his "association with looters".

"Our Prime Minister behaves strangely. For every scam --
be it 2G or Commonwealth or Adarsh, he blames others and
washes his hands off. But as the leader of the government, he
himself has to answer to the people," the BJP leader said.

She said when she posed this question to Singh in
Parliament through a `sher` (poem), he gave no proper answer.

"Now I am giving the answer...tera rahjano se tha wasta
(you had association with the looters)...hamen rahjano se gila
nahi tere rahbari pe malal hai (we have nothing to say to the
looters but it is regrettable that the leader is like this,"
Swaraj said.

Attacking the UPA, she said spiralling prices may even
have prompted Bollywood film songs but the government is yet
to wake up to the problem. "The Congress `hand` is actually
taking away money from the pockets of common man," she said.

Swaraj said price rise also leads to more corruption.
The rally was organised to mark the conclusion of a
14-day event organised by the BJP Mahila Morcha during which
marches were taken out across the city on issues of
corruption, price rise, safety of women and law and order
situation in Delhi.

Mahila Morcha chief Smriti Irani, Leader of Opposition in
Delhi Assembly V K Malhotra and Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta
were among others who addressed the gathering.

Addressing the gathering, Malhotra said though former
Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi has been arrested in
the Commonwealth Games scam, there is no probe on the Delhi
government which has spent "20 times more" for the mega sports
event held last year.

Targeting the Congress government in Delhi, Gupta said
the Central government is "protecting" Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit despite the Shunglu panel "indicting her".

"The day is not far off when Dikshit will meet the
same fate as Kalmadi," he said adding, the party`s campaign
against Delhi government will be intensified further.

PTI