`Tapping` and `bugging` is order of the day: BJP
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 21:43
  
New Delhi: With reports about alleged phone tapping of CBEC Chairman coming close on the heels of the 'bugging' of the Finance Minister's office, the BJP on Thursday turned the heat on the government, saying that "tapping and bugging" are becoming the order of the day.

"It is obvious that this government is operating under the shadow of suspicion, doubt and conspiracy," BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said reacting to a newspaper report which said Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs S Dutt Mojumder's phone as well as those of his relatives were tapped.

"It is indeed a sorry state of affairs as it appears that this government is adrift. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing and the BJP has started the reverse counting of this regime," he said.

Prasad said even as the heat generated over the alleged bugging of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office is yet to die-down, the issue of alleged phone tapping of CBEC Chairman points out that the government is now "spying" on its officers and not sparing them too.

On the issue of alleged "bugging" of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's office, he said, "It seems the FM did not have faith on the Home Minister and thus chose to write to Prime Minister. After ten months his secret letter is made public in order to defame either the FM or the PM or both as it indicates that someone seems to be conspiring to defame both".

"It appears that there may be some vacancy at the top slot."

On reported clarifications given by the government in this regard terming the phone tapping as "the handiwork of some rogue elements in the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence", Prasad said, "It is indeed a sorry state of affairs in the UPA".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 23, 2011, 21:43


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