New Delhi, Dec 03: Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh, named a 'non-contractual beneficiary' in Volcker committee report on Iraq's Oil-for-food programme, today alleged that "foreign agents" wanted to destabilise the UPA government and attacked a section of media for carrying out a "slander campaign".
Singh said BJP leaders are making a hue and cry in
Parliament over the report by naming it "Volcker kickbacks" as
they want to repeat the Bofors episode and expressed shock
over their attitude.
"The whole exercise is an attempt of BJP-led opposition
to repeat Bofors episode," Singh said in a statement.
He asked progressive, secular and democratic forces to
join hands to oppose and expose the "foreign agents" who want
to fail India's parliamentary democracy.
Singh also urged the Prime Minister not to be "defensive"
on the issue and give "No weightage" to the statements of
Aneil Mathrani, Indian envoy to Croatia.
"When the government has instituted an inquiry under R S
Pathak there is no occasion to mix up the issue to please the
vested interests who intend to destabilise the UPA
government," he said.
Singh also alleged that 90 per cent of the "propaganda"
carried by print and electronic media is "bogus and waste on
no material substance."
He also said the media is "deliberately choosing to omit
words that Bhim Singh did not lift the oil allotted by the UN
monitoring committee" and appealed to them to carry the story
in full or else face legal consequences.