Launching a scathing attack on the PM after his media interaction, the BJP and the Left rejected his argument that coalition politics necessitated compromises, accused him of justifying corruption, and ridiculed the fact that he equated subsidies for poor with 2G pricing.
“Coalition dharma cannot mean support to corruption. And coalition is related only to 2G. What is the relation between coalition and the ISRO case (S-band allocation), CWG and Adarsh cases?” said BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari added that to say that the BJP was attacking the government because of action against a Gujarat minister (Amit Shah) was “laughable”.
“I feel the PM has failed to take action against corruption,” Gadkari said. “It is laughable that he has compared 2 G spectrum pricing to subsidies given on fertilisers and kerosene… In a way, an effort has been made to cover up the corruption.”
“On two vital issues, that is corruption and price rise, the PM has virtually thrown up his hands saying nothing much can be done,” CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said.
“Subsidising the poor is one aspect but subsidising the rich and saying that it is necessary is just naked loot of the country.” he said. He added Singh “virtually tried to justify” the spectrum scam by “comparing” it with the subsidies on food grains, fertiliser and kerosene oil. “In other words he (Singh) has admitted to the fact that his government has been subsidising the corporate sector by giving away national assets like the spectrum at throwaway prices.”
CPI National Secretary D Raja also attacked the PM for seeking to “explain” the 2G scam by asking if subsidies on foodgrains could be called a loss.
The BJP and the Left also attacked the PM over the government’s “failure” to constitute a JPC during the winter session of Parliament. “Why did you not agree to it (JPC) earlier? If you are ready to appear in front of any committee... that you are agreeing to now... Had you done this earlier this situation would not have arisen,” Gadkari said.