Cong defends Sibal, asks BJP to stop attacks
The Congress for the first time on Monday, openly attacked the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), on the 2G spectrum allocation and strongly defended telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s statements on the issue.Updated: Jan 11, 2011 00:56 IST
The Congress for the first time on Monday, openly attacked the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), on the 2G spectrum allocation and strongly defended telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s statements on the issue.
“The CAG has itself stated in the report that the figure of R1.76 lakh crore is presumptive. How can a figure for loss be calculated on presumptions?” said party spokesperson, Manish Tewari.
He said the CAG has based its calculations using the figure quoted by S Tel company as a benchmark. But the auditor has itself admitted in the report that it was a company, which had defaulted.
Strongly supporting Sibal on his statement last week that the CAG findings were “utterly erroneous”, Tewari said the minister’s remarks were reasonable and based on logic.
“The minister had to go public since the Opposition did not allow the government to speak in Parliament for more than a month,” Tewari said.
“The minister with access to all relevant documents has given a statement with full responsibility,” he said.
Replying to a volley of questions on why the Congress party decided to attack a constitutional authority like the CAG, the spokesperson replied :”We are not attacking. The CAG has itself stated that there should be a discussion on the report and that is what we are merely doing.”
Desist from personal attacks , Cong to BJP
The Congress has advised the BJP against indulging in personal attacks on its top leadership, including party president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“By taking the politics down to such personal level, the BJP will hugely damage the public discourse in the country,” party general secretary Janardan Dwivedi told reporters.
“Does the BJP want an investigation into allegations levelled against its leaders from time to time by the very persons who were at some point of time close to them .Nobody knows who will stand where if fingers are raised on the top leadership of any party by linking distant relations,” he said.
Asking the BJP to “mend its language and the style of politics,” Dwivedi said, “larger parties also have larger responsibilities in a democracy.”
First Published: Jan 08, 2011 22:54 IST