Sachin Pilot dares BJP, says CAG report is not Geeta
Daring the BJP to discuss any aspect of the coal blocks allocations, the union minister of state for communications and information technology, Sachin Pilot took a strong objection to the CAG report.chandigarh Updated: Sep 09, 2012 23:38 IST
Daring the BJP to discuss any aspect of the coal blocks allocations, the union minister of state for communications and information technology, Sachin Pilot took a strong objection to the CAG report.
He said the Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report was flawed, incomplete and wrong.
Briefing newspersons here on Sunday, he said the Congress was not sidetracking the issue but it was the BJP who was politicising instead of discussing it, as it would expose them.
Pilot, who was accompanied by Congress All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary BK Hariprasad and Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Phool Chand Mullana, held that it was unfortunate that instead of discussing it, the BJP stalled the monsoon session of Parliament.
"The Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) will submit its report to the coal ministry by September 15 and the Congress will take strict action against any company or individual found to have misused the policy. The action against the defaulters might include cancellation of allocation and deduction of the bank guarantees," he said.
Criticising the BJP for allegedly misguiding the nation on the issue, he said the BJP feared that its MPs would have to answer the letters written to the Centre by the BJP and other non-Congress chief ministers who had been strongly opposing any change in the mode of allocating coal blocks.
"Instead of demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation, the BJP should ask its chief ministers to quit for leasing out the coal blocks," he said.
Questioning the CAG report, Pilot said the CAG had not considered several aspects such as why audit of years beginning from 2004 - end of the NDA regime and beginning of the UPA government - were not studied when the policy came into force in 1993.
"Though I respect CAG's institution, but not all its reports are Bhagwad Geeta," he added.
'Stern action against those misusing social sites'
On enforcing a check on social sites, union minister of state for communications and information technology Sachin Pilot agreed that some of them were being misused.
He said the government had made up its mind to enforce the law strictly. "Whosoever uses such sites for wrong purposes would be dealt with seriously. In India, they will have to follow our law," he said.