'Cong attacking institutions working for people'

Ranchi: Senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Saturday charged the Centre with attacking constitutional institutions working in the interest of the people and said it was harmful for the nation.

"It is the duty and responsibility of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and the Public Accounts Committee to protect public money and its proper utilization. Unfortunately, Congress is attacking both the institutions. This is harmful for the nation," Joshi told a news conference here.

Accusing the Congress leadership of trying to suppress investigations into the series of scams that surfaced during the UPA government, Joshi said that he was surprised at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's assertion that the CAG had never convened a press conference in the past.

"CAG has always issued press statements on its reports after placing the same in Parliament. Even a High Court has said there is no wrong in CAG going to the press. But the importance of this CAG press conference was its disclosure of an estimated Rs 1.76 lakh crore scam.

"As CAG had termed it as an estimated amount, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal should have investigated the matter to find out the exact amount, but he claimed there had been no loss," he said.

Joshi demands PC’s removal

Meanwhile, amid reports of Cabinet reshuffle, Joshi demanded that Home Minister P Chidambaram be removed from his ministry claiming he faced varying allegations.

"Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa raised an election scam against him. He was the Finance Minister during 2G Spectrum scam and he is Home Minister when the controversial wrong list (of terrorists) was submitted to Pakistan. He should not be in the Cabinet following all these serious charges against him," Joshi told the news conference.

Chidambaram recently reacted to Jayalalithaa questioning his election from Shivaganga Lok Sabha seat, saying the matter was pending before the court and that such statements amounted to gross contempt of court.