BJP today slammed the Congress for its "complete silence" at the AICC session on the issue of corruption in the wake of the housing scam in Mumbai, saying there was enough documentary evidence to nail Chief Minister Ashok Chavan. "AICC has met today in what I would call the most trying and difficult circumstances for that party.
At a time when there are a string of scandals coming... at a time when the entire nation is waiting to hear what level of corruption will bring a sense of outrage in that party," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said. She said the senior Congress leaders who spoke at the AICC session had skipped the issue of corruption.
"In the three eminent speeches, we have heard complete silence on corruption. At a time when the party has so much to answer especially on denying the war widows their due, the party chooses to remain silent. Can there be greater outrage than this?" Sitharaman said.
BJP alleged that in 2010 there had been several scams involving "tens of thousands of Crores" and named the 2-G Spectrum allocation and the Commonwealth Games as the scams other than the Adarsh Housing scandal. Sitharaman said there could not have been a better time for the Congress to speak on corruption than the AICC session.
The principal opposition also maintained that there was a crisis of leadership in the Congress, which once boasted of several big leaders. "I am tempted to say that on the dais of the Congress which had seen eminent people like Babu Jagjivan Ram, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, Lal Bahadur Shastri, today we are seeing leaders who are tarnished in such a big way in scandal and even then the party president does not utter a word on corruption," Sitharaman said. She sought to know if the Congress had become "indifferent to corruption" or was "completely neutral" to it.
Sitharaman insisted that the Congress president should have accepted the resignation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
"Is it appropriate for a party president who has received the resignation letter of the Chief Minister of a big state like Maharashtra to be probing into the matter as if it is a party disciplinary matter and not a matter where war widows' rights are being usurped," Sitharaman said. She maintained that there was enough documentary evidence to nail Chavan. She further said not accepting his resignation was a "matter of serious national concern".
The BJP also reacted strongly to Congress accusation of RSS' links with terror, saying the charge was "outlandish" and was being made to divert attention from the scams as the government had no answer to them.