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Corruption in UPA govt has taken shape of a 'small scale industry': Arun Jaitley

PTI  Chandigarh, July 21, 2013
First Published: 21:19 IST(21/7/2013) | Last Updated: 21:35 IST(21/7/2013)

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said with slew of graft cases surfacing during the UPA government, corruption has taken the shape of a "small scale industry", and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be a fight between morality and immorality.


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"Upcoming Lok Sabha election will not just be a political fight but a 'Dharam Yudh' (fight for justice) between morality and immorality," said the leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.

Jaitley was addressing party workers in Chandigarh on Sunday.

Speaking on the graft cases, he said, "With 2G, coal scam, Bofors scam running into several lakhs of crores, corruption during the UPA government has taken a form of small scale industry."

Jaitley also attacked the Centre over CBI, alleging that Congress has been "misusing" the agency to not only save its ministers and other Congressmen but also to keep itself in power.

"Every time Congress government needed numbers for survival, the CBI suddenly went soft on the SP and BSP leaders who are facing probe for disproportionate assets.

"They have even attacked IB for vote bank politics, however Congress should remember CBI does not gets votes it is the people who vote and the mood of the people is clearly with BJP," he said.

The BJP leader said that Congress was indulging in "crony capitalism" and Congressmen have become "name lenders" as in the coal scam, where the blocks were allotted "with name chits being passed on to the screening committee".

"So large has been the degradation that even the status report to the Supreme Court was fudged to save those from the PMO and the coal ministry," he claimed.

He also attacked former railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. "It seems the whole Bansal family is running an industry of postings and promotions," he said.

"The government may have manipulated the CBI, but there is a clear overlap in the Railgate phone conversations and the file movements," he said.

"Under these circumstances of failure on all the fronts there is no leadership in Congress to inspire or infuse confidence, and it seems to be ducking a political fight by going without a head," he said.

On the other hand, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been leading not only in all the opinion polls but also in the psyche of the country, Jaitley said.


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