Miffed by opposition's relentless demand for a JPC probe into the 2G spectrum scam, the Congress today said the BJP ought to share the blame for the alleged irregularities as it was during NDA regime that the no-tariff policy for the telecom sector had come into being.
"We are unable to understand the excessive noise being made by the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Does the opposition coalition not remember that it was during the Prime Ministership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee that the no-tariff policy for the telecom sector had come into being", AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh told a news conference here.
Singh said that the no-tariff policy, "which in a way seems to have facilitated the alleged irregularities", was introduced when the BJP was in power and the telecom ministry "was being taken care of by esteemed leaders like Pramod Mahajan and Arun Shourie". "Why did the NDA not cry foul then and press the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the circumstances which led to this new policy.
Instead of trying to take a moral high ground, the BJP ought to share the blame for the alleged irregularities", he said. "Strangely, they are demanding a JPC probe despite the fact that the findings of the CAG, which is not an investigating agency but just an audit body, are being looked into by the Parliamentary Accounts Committee (PAC) headed by a senior BJP leader," he added. "What do we infer from this? Does it mean that the BJP does not have faith in the capabilities of its senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi, who is heading the PAC.
After all, what difference would JPC have made. In any case, a JPC certainly would not have been headed by a leader belonging to the opposition party," the Congress leader said. Asserting that the Congress "has always advocated bringing transparency into the government machinery", Singh pointed out that "most of the information relating to scams like 2G spectrum, CWG or Adarsh Housing Society of Mumbai has been obtained through the Right to Information Act".
"The Congress had proved beyond doubt its commitment towards a clean administration by asking Ashok Chavan to resign from the post of Maharashtra Chief Minister though his name was not directly involved in the Adarsh Housing Society scam. On the other hand, the BJP has been unable to act against Karnataka Chief Minister and the infamous Reddy brothers are being openly patronized by its top leaders like Sushma Swaraj", Singh added.