Joshi: Sonia feared being disqualified
SENIOR BHARATIYA Janata Party leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi has ridiculed Congress party’s attempt to project Sonia Gandhi’s resignation from Lok Sabha and National Advisory Council as a sacrifice. He said Gandhi had resigned out of fear of disqualification from the Lok Sabha.
Talking to mediapersons here on Monday, the former Human Resource Development Minister said after remaining chairperson of NAC for years, she now heard the call of her conscience and resigned to show that she accorded priority to moral values.
Joshi questioned why the Congress party president had not taken any such stand when Quottrochi’s account was defreezed and oil scam was exposed.
He said that the Congress could not improve its sagging image by playing such gimmicks. Besides, he alleged that the United Progressive Government had got Parliament adjourned to shield Sonia Gandhi. He said it was a baseless statement that the House was adjourned because of lack of issues as there were several significant issues to be debated.
Joshi felt the procedure to discuss the issue of posts of profit with political parties, which had been initiated now, should have been adopted earlier. “The BJP wants that this issue should be resolved in Parliament only. The House should discuss the issue at the earliest and public must know the truth,” he added.
Referring to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s peace proposal to Pakistan, he said, the BJP wanted peace in Indian region for progress but national interest should never be ignored. He said speakers at a seminar held in Islamabad a few months back had said, until Kashmir was accepted as a controversial issue and forces were not withdrawn by India, the issue could not be discussed. Besides Hurriyat leaders, a Pakistan minister too had taken part in the seminar. “This proves that the neighbouring country has not fair intentions,” he opined.
Taking up the issue of pact on agriculture reached between India and the United States, Joshi said the Prime Minister had termed the agreement as beginning of the second green revolution.
But he should not forget that in the real Green Revolution Indian scientists had benefited farmers of the country by researches done in national laboratories.
However, under the new arrangement multi-national companies and the US agricultural institutions would be involved and this might cause more unemployment in agriculture sector, as majority of farmers would not be in a position to afford the new technology. He expressed apprehension that the country might have to depend on others in fulfilling its foodgrain requirements.
Meanwhile, Dr Joshi expressed concern over deteriorating law and order in the State and said it would prove to be a costly affair for the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government.