Launching a frontal attack on the government, the BJP on Sunday asked the Prime Minister to come clean on the S-band spectrum allocation, even as it alleged that some hidden hand was still trying to salvage the deal.
“Every time we ask a question about any scam, we get a reply that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was not aware of it. I want to ask how do you run the government if you are not aware of what’s happening?” BJP national secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad said.
The CAG is probing an agreement between ISRO’s commercial arm Antrix and a private company, Devas Multimedia. It is alleged that Devas was allocated high-value bandwidth at throwaway prices without competitive bidding by ISRO. “Davos was given nearly 90 per cent of the S-band spectrum without a bidding process. If the PMO did not know about such a deal, how does this government function,” Prasad said.
The government has denied that the nation suffered revenue losses in the allocation of space spectrum. It also claimed that the deal was cancelled.
Prasad, however, rubbished this claim and said that the CEO of Devas had recently visited the PMO. Even the finance minister of Germany had placed a request in October that the deal should not be cancelled.
“There is some hidden hand which is trying to save this deal,” Prasad said. The BJP also targeted current Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, and questioned his role as the former MoS PMO, incharge of the space ministry.