A two-day conclave of BJP chief ministers tasked with finding ways to improve governance opened with a warning from party chief Nitin Gadkari to be on guard against attempts by the Congress-led UPA to use central investigative agencies to tarnish them.
"When the UPA is mired in corruption and its image on the decline, its government is out to use central agencies against you," Gadkari told the chief ministers.
Gadkari's warning came in the backdrop of questioning of two Punjab BJP ministers by the CBI in connection with a graft case in which chief parliamentary secretary, finance, Raj Khurana were arrested.
"Our campaign against unprecedented corruption under the UPA rule is hurting the Congress, and so its government is out to show we are not good either. You have to be careful as the CBI is being misused," he was quoted as saying.
The BJP chief said attempts are being made to "besiege" chief ministers, ministers and state governments because the BJP had taken up cases of corruption against the Congress rule at the centre.
Gadkari said he wanted BJP-ruled governments and respective party units to undertake an internal audit to identify "weak" areas of governance and transparency and improve delivery.
Gadkari urged BJP CMs to ensure they didn't lose goodwill earned by their governments”.
BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad declined to say whether Gadkari was refering to the trouble faced by BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka when he delivered his warning.
Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, who addressed the conclave, said as the UPA's image was declining, the political situation was veering towards two poles — one led by the Congress and another by the BJP. He said, so-called third front was turning out to be "fifth columnists" who could help and join the Congress.