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Why is PM looking the other way in spectrum scam, asks BJP

delhi Updated: Nov 18, 2010 14:05 IST

Persisting with its attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on 2G spectrum scam, the BJP on Thursday questioned why he was "looking the other way" when former Telecom Minister A Raja has claimed that he had informed him about every development on the issue.

"Even A Raja has said he has kept informed the Prime Minister's Office about every development on the 2G issue. So, the Prime Minister's silence is more eloquent. Why is he looking the other way?" BJP spokesperson Prakash Javedekar told reporters in New Delhi.

He said the BJP wants that a joint parliamentary committee should go into the controversial allocation of 2G spectrum, which has cost the exchequer lakhs of rupees.

"Our only demand is JPC. Why is he (PM) is silent? Now even the Supreme court has asked why the PM was silent on the issue. It has never happened in independent India before that the Supreme Court has asked the Prime Minister to explain. The PM has been asked why he has been silent," he said.

On the land scam allegations against the BJP government in Karnataka, he said, "The issue here is 2G spectrum, Commonwealth Games and Adarsh Housing Society.

"Congress is trying to divert the attention by raising it," the BJP spokesperson said.

The Supreme Court has posed some embarrassing questions to the government about the lengthy delay on the part of the Prime Minister in taking a decision on a plea for sanction of prosecution of Raja in the controversial 2G spectrum allocation issue.

Top BJP leader LK Advani had said on Wednesday that "the PM should immediately respond to what the Supreme Court has said on the Raja issue".

Meanwhile, about a dozen Congress MPs from Karnataka and Kerala staged demonstration in Parliament House demanding removal of Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa.