Advani asks PM to take action against Maran
The probe was sought into the allegations that Union Minister had threatened Tatas on the DTH issue.Updated: Apr 30, 2006 17:38 IST
Senior BJP Leader LK Advani on Sunday demanded a "credible investigation" into the allegations that Union Communication and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran had threatened Tatas on the DTH issue and take suitable action if the charges were found true.
Releasing copies of a letter he had written to the Prime Minister from Thiruvananthapuram to reporters, Advani said he had demanded that as "an interim and first step the Prime Minister should immediately shift Maran to some other Ministry as per the requirement of propriety in the case."
Stressing that Maran should be shifted, he said "shifting can avoid obvious conflict of interest between his family business and his continuance in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology."
When contacted a spokesperson for Tata group declined to comment.
Referring to "freebies" offered by the various political parties in Tamil Nadu, which Congress was also supporting, he said "I have got only a simple question for the Finance Minister P Chidambaram who says that freebies are viable or feasible. Will he be able to extend some freebies to other states in the country?"
He also wanted states like Tamil Nadu to emulate Gurajat and go ahead with constructive programmes. He said the BJP Chief Minister in Gujarat was going ahead with 100 per cent electrification. Already out of 18,000 villages, 14,000 villages had been covered by 24-hour power supply under 'Jothigram programme.'
Asked if both the AIAMDK and DMK had "neglected and slighted BJP", Advani said "not at all. Dravidian parties were our partners earlier.
It is only the Congress and CPI-M, which were being slighted. So far as Tamil Nadu is concerned we don't want to rule the state. We only want to be a constructive opposition."
Commenting on the poll surveys, he said, "Though I don't make any predictions, in West Bengal, people have realised that there could be free and fair polls in that state if the Election Commission is really effective. He also thanked the Election Commission for their stringent rules and regulations.
Stating that many people were asking him if there would be change of government at the Centre after the elections, he said the Manmohan Singh Government had to answer several important issues and there were differences among the allies on the Telengana issue.
The Congress had made an assurance on the Telengana issue, but it was facing opposition within itself. The CPI-M had categorically opposed Telengana and had said the issue was not in the common minimum programme.
He wanted the Prime Minister to come clean on three main issues---the Volcker issue, Scorpene deal, and Quattrochi controversy. "Rajiv Gandhi with more than 400 MPs himself was shaken when the Bofors Gun deal was taken up."
On the BJP's Madhya Pradesh unit Vice president Raghunandan Sharma resigning from the party, he said it would not have "a major dent in the party's strength."
First Published: Apr 30, 2006 17:38 IST