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Naidu releases BJP manifesto

BJP chief has asked the Congress to clarify whether it was sticking to its stand that chargesheeted people should not continue in office.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 17:57 IST

Launching a scathing attack on Congress over the corruption issue, BJP President, M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday asked it to clarify whether it was still sticking to its stand that chargesheeted people should not continue in office.

Addressing a press conference in Raipur after releasing the BJP's election manifesto for December 1 Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, Naidu said, the Congress should also tell the people how many of its leaders including some former prime ministers quit their posts after allegations of corruption were made against them.

"Allegations of corruption were made against former prime ministers, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and PV Narasimha Rao and even former Congress president, Sitaram Kesri but none of them quit their posts," he said.

Talking about the Congress stand that chargesheeted people should not continue in office, he said the party should now clarify whether it was still sticking to this or had changed its view.

The BJP president said that the Congress must also explain as to why it was opposed to a CBI inquiry into the Rs 30,000 crore Telgi stamp paper scandal in Karnataka and Maharashtra where the party was in power.

Answering a question, he said that the BJP had not changed its stand on corruption and pointed out that the coming assembly polls would be fought on the issue of development and the performance of the existing government.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 14:03 IST