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Scindia questions BJP for going soft on Giriraj

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, July 16, 2014
First Published: 22:42 IST(16/7/2014) | Last Updated: 22:49 IST(16/7/2014)

The Congress on Wednesday charged BJP for not taking action against MP Giriraj Singh from whose house over Rs. 1 crore in cash and ornaments were stolen.

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"Why are you (the BJP) not taking action against Giriraj Singh from whose residence Rs. 1.14 crore in cash and ornaments were recovered," Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress' chief whip in the Lok Sabha asked. He opened the debate on Union budget 2014-15, and went on to accuse BJP of having double standards on black money.

This evoked instant reaction from BJP leaders including Singh and other BJP leaders Ashwini Chaubey and Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who wanted Scindia's remarks to be expunged.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however, said she did not find anything wrong in Scindia's remarks as no allegation was made. But, asked the members to refrain from taking any names during discussions.

Terming the Union budget as Congress Yukt instead of Congress Mukt -- Prime Minister Narendra Modi's election slogan -- Scindia accused the government of not giving any thrust to reduce skyrocketing prices and poverty elimination.

Taking a dig at the BJP by dubbing the budget as an "imitation" of the Congress budgets, he remarked, "Imitation is the best form of flattery... We accept this. This has been done by those who came to power proclaiming to free India of the Congress."

Asking the ruling party not to behave as they were still in opposition, Scindia said the government was expected to take "bold steps" and a host of measures for welfare of the people in the budget .

This, he said, was necessary at a time when the UPA has left the NDA with a $2 trillion economy that was now the third-largest in the world.

"The first budget of any government is the vision document of that dispensation and not just a financial document", he said suggesting that much was desired from the government to take the economy to commanding heights.


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