UPA govt is intolerant to criticism: Arun Jaitley

BJP leader Arun Jaitley slammed the UPA govt for sending IT notices to to two NGOs associated with Kiran Bedi.

Last Updated: Oct 02, 2011, 22:36 PM IST

Kanpur: Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday
slammed the UPA government for sending Income Tax notices to
to two NGOs associated with team Anna member Kiran Bedi saying
it was intolerant to criticism.

Those who had raised their voice against it were being
harassed by its agencies, he told reporters on the sidelines
of a function here.

"This government is intolerant to criticism and all those
who have raised their voice against it are being harassed by
its agencies," Jaitley said.

The Income Tax department had yesterday sent notices for
scrutiny to two NGOs associated with former police officer
Kiran Bedi.

On IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt`s arrest, he said it was a
law and order related matter.

Bhatt as an officer had pressurised his junior to sign a
false affidavit and now the law was taking its own course,
Jaitley said.

"No party should give it a political angle by supporting
Bhatt now," he said.

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said
there was a leadership crisis in the country despite him being
a good economist.

"Though the PM is in office, he is not in power, Jaitley
said.

"Due to this leadership crisis, this government is losing
its balance. It may fall anytime and we need to be prepared
for that," he told party workers at the function.

Calling on BJP leaders and workers to remain united ahead
of upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Jaitley said there
was no such ball in the elections which could get the party
out of the game.

But, the leaders needed to make sure they did not hit
their own wickets, he said.

He said the voters were looking to the BJP with high
hopes and it could easily win the elections provided the party
leaders and workers remained united.

A clash broke out between supporters of party MLA Satish
Mahana and leader Radheshyam Pandey over some issue in which
three persons were injured.

A seriously injured supporter was admitted to a hospital.

PTI