BJP trying to divert attention from infighting: Tewari
New Delhi: BJP was raising "old" allegations against government which have already answered "decisively" so as to deflect attention from charges against its chief and its internecine warfare, Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said on Wednesday.
Tewari was reacting BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad's statement asking why no action is being taken against Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vardra in land deals and the Prime Minister in the coal allocation scam.
"I think the obvious frustration of the Bhartiya Janata Party is getting through the articulation of their chief spokesperson. The fact is that the BJP is a house divided. There are factions which are at each other's throats," Tewari said.
"They desperately need to divert attention from the internecine warfare which has broken out in their ranks. So they are regurgitating old allegations which have been decisively answered if someone was to refer back to the previous briefings," he said.
The I&B Minister also said that the issues that the BJP had raised today had already been answered.
"Each of the issues, which have been raised today has been conclusively and decisively answered. Therefore today, the shoe is really on the other foot. It is for the Bharatiya Janata Party to come clean on various issues which have been out in public space with regard to the President of BJP," he said.
Tewari said that the issues concerning Gadkari had not been put in public by the Congress or the government but by independent media organisations.
"So rather than try and divert attention, rather than go in to a self-exoneration process, rather than being the judge, jury and the prosecutor themselves, it would be much better if the Bharatiya Janata Party answers each of these issues which have been raised with regard to the transactions of its President by independent media organisations," Tewari said.
He also asked by reporters as to whether the government was open to facing a vote of confidence in the Parliament on the issue of allowing FDI in multi brand retail.
"When the push comes to a shove, we are never found wanting but let me caveat my remarks by saying that let's not put the cart before the horse. We'll cross the bridge when we come to it. Parliament has not begun as yet; the floor leaders are yet to meet. The Presiding officers of both the houses have their own role to play, so let's leave at that," he said.