Attack on CAG a step towards ending accountability: Murli Manohar Joshi
Lucknow: Continuous efforts are being made by the Congress to "conceal the scams" of UPA government by launching attack on the CAG, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi on Sunday alleged, and claimed it was a step towards ending accountability from the parliamentary procedure.
"From the Congress side continuous efforts are being made that the government's corruption does not get exposed before the people. Whenever a constitutional body probes into the cases of corruptions, allegations are levelled against it," Joshi said while talking to reporters.
First the Prime Minister said that facts of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which conducted the inquiry into the coal block allotment, were not correct and the basis of estimated losses was wrong, Joshi said.
"Then Digvijay Singh said that CAG has political aspirations and he presented the report for political gains. He said that CAG was with the opposition," said the BJP leader.
Joshi alleged that instead of extending support in inquiry into these scams, efforts were being made to end it.
The BJP leader said, "neither any comment nor any allegation could be levelled against the CAG."
"In 1960 the then defence minister Krishna Menon made a comment against CAG in which a contempt notice was brought and the then Speaker ruled that no comment should be made, leading to which the minister apologised," he said.
Joshi alleged that it was clear that instead of exposing Congress was making efforts to conceal scams.
"CAG has not levelled any allegation against anyone. It has simply said that some private companies benefitted from the process through which allotments were made. It made it clear that the process was not right resulting into losses," he alleged.
Joshi also said that the Finance Minister P Chidambaram's statement of zero loss was laughable.
However, on August 27, Chidambaram had said the government never talked about "zero loss" in allocation of coal blocks and complained of "incorrect reporting" by the media of his remarks on the issue.
Joshi said that an inquiry should be conducted that why coal was blocked in the mines for six to seven years.