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'What about corruption?'

The BJP is gearing up to make corruption a major issue in the coming session of Parliament, with senior leaders saying the government will face rough weather on three scams: the 2 G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games corruption and the recent Adarsh Society scam. Vikas Pathak reports.

delhi Updated: Nov 03, 2010 00:09 IST
Vikas Pathak

The BJP is gearing up to make corruption a major issue in the coming session of Parliament, with senior leaders saying the government will face rough weather on three scams: the 2 G spectrum scam, the Commonwealth Games corruption and the recent Adarsh Society scam.

Asked whether the party would get in touch with other Opposition parties to forge a united front against the government on the issue, a BJP leader said, "Of course we will."

In its response to the AICC speeches of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and the PM too, the BJP referred not to what was said but to what was "skipped".

"The AICC met at a time when there is a string of scandals and the nation is waiting to know what level of corruption would create outrage in the party," said party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman. "But there was total silence in the three main speeches on corruption. The main speakers used the diversionary tactic of discussing terror charges on activists of the RSS, a nationalist organisation. The Congress top brass has even failed to decide till now whether Chavan should go."

The BJP has been building up the mood on corruption in recent days: party president Nitin Gadkari has held press conferences on the Commonwealth Games corruption charges and the Adarsh Society scam, asking for the Maharashtra government's dismissal.

"Since all the likely replacements of CM Ashok Chavan are also tainted, the lack of a non-tainted CM-candidate shows a situation akin to a constitutional breakdown," said a BJP leader. "The people of Maharashtra given a fresh chance to elect non-tainted people."

The leader added that apart from corruption, the BJP would corner the government on its Kashmir policy, including the statements of the interlocutors and the speeches of separatists.