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Monday, August 1, 2011

MONSOON SESSION: BJP steps up attack on Manmohan!

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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 1, 2011.

BJP MP Tarun Vijay holds a placard at Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday.
BJP MP Tarun Vijay holds a placard at Parliament House in New Delhi on Monday - PTI.

Stung by his “skeletons in cupboard” remark, the BJP on Monday stepped up attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the 2G issue alleging that he was aware of the minute details in the matter and will have to answer Opposition charges in Parliament.

The BJP announced that it has decided to give notices for discussion on issues of price rise, Mumbai blasts and corruption in both Houses of Parliament under a rule that entails voting.
“The Prime Minister was involved in micromanagement of telecom policies. He was hands on as far as telecom policies are concerned,” Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley told reporters here.
Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said, “Tomorrow we want to discuss price rise in the Lok Sabha”, noting that party MP Yashwant Sinha, NDA convenor and JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and leaders of other Opposition parties would give notices for discussion.
Irked by Dr. Singh’s “Opposition also has many skeletons in its cupboard” remark, Ms. Swaraj said it was “unprovoked and ill-advised” and accused the Prime Minister of vitiating the political atmosphere ahead of the Monsoon Session.
“The Prime Minister is faced with several questions because of the recent disclosures on the allocation of 2G spectrum... He is not in a position to answer any of them. Instead of answering any questions he is attacking the Opposition,” Mr. Jaitley said.
Contending that Dr. Singh was in the know of the ‘minutest’ details on 2G allocation, he said the Prime Minister cannot keep an “arm’s length distance” from his own government.
“The Prime Minister has changed his stand several times on the 2G scandal. From an initial support to his Minister A Raja, whom he defended as following a well established policy,” Mr. Jaitley said.
Dr. Singh then pleaded ignorance about telecom matters and informed Parliament that he had trusted the judgement of his Ministers and when Raja and the then Finance Minister P. Chidambaram came with an agreed proposal, he unsuspectingly accepted the same, Mr. Jaitley said.
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