Cong`s right to question SP, BSP dented: Jaitley
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Cong's right to question SP, BSP dented: Jaitley
Last Updated: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 18:45
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Lucknow: BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the Congress' right to challenge the system of "ugahiraj" (institutionalized extortion) of BSP and "goondaraj" of SP in Uttar Pradesh has taken a knock following the Supreme Court order in 2G spectrum case.

"To challenge the 'goondaraj' of Samajwadi Party and the ugahiraj of BSP is the central issue in Uttar Pradesh Assembly election. After the Supreme Court decision today, Congress' right to challenge this system has been affected," he told reporters here.

The Supreme Court today cancelled the 122 2G spectrum licences granted by former telecom minister A Raja on the ground that they were issued in a "totally arbitrary and unconstitutional" manner.

Jaitley said that all Congress leaders coming to UP for campaigning should first reply the questions arising out of the SC order.

"This (spectrum allocation) was not the decision of one person but of the entire cabinet, in which the then Telecom Minister and Finance Minister are specially responsible," the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha said while putting the entire UPA government in the dock.

He said it was only a technical question that which court would investigate the matter, in reality every person involved in that decision would have judicial accountability, besides political and moral.

"After the court's decision in 2G spectrum case, the then Finance Minister and now Home Minister P Chidambaram should think himself that how justified was for him to continue in the post," Jaitley said replying to a question.

On role of the Prime Minister, he said it was a collective decision of the UPA government and he cannot shrug his responsibility.

Jaitley said that after the apex court's decision, suspicion was natural among domestic and foreign investors over the entire economy.

He claimed that the government's attention was drawn several times regarding allegations in the 2G case, but Prime Minister Manmohan Singh "ignored" the matter to save A Raja.

Terming Finance Minister as guard of state exchequer, Jaitely said that spectrum was property of the government and allotting it without auction in an arbitrary manner in 2008 at 2001 rate was wrong.

The BJP leader that development was becoming an agenda in UP Assembly polls, but by fixing 4.5 per cent quota for minorities within 27 per cent OBC reservation, Congress changed the agenda by giving "communal colour" to political atmosphere.

Accusing Congress of indulging into divisive politics, he alleged that SP and BSP were doing the same.

Jaitley claimed that attempts being made by Congress, SP and BSP were resulting in polarisation of votes which would benefit BJP.


First Published: Thursday, February 02, 2012, 18:18



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