NDA today gave notice of raking up in Parliament the JPC draft report on 2G
exonerating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram
while appealing for its rejection in toto.
The opposition alliance, which is miffed at the contents of the leaked JPC
report, also questioned how the panel exonerated Singh and Chidambaram even
without examining them.
The NDA top, brass which held a meeting at the residence of its working
President L K Advani, said it will also raise the isuse of coal mines allocation
scam and the government's alleged interference in the CBI report on it, besides
the brutal rape of a five-year-old in Delhi.
The alliance leaders met to discuss its strategy for the second phase of
Parliament's budget session resuming Monday and gave ample indications that the
opposition will raise a storm over these issues.
The NDA, however, said it will raise the "interference" in CBI report on coal
scam on the first day of the resumed budget session on Monday.
It also expressed resentment over A Raja, former Telecom Minister and the main
accused in 2G scam, not being called by the JPC though he had offered to depose
"It is Parliament, the people and the country that are betrayed through such
acts of dishonesty. The NDA, therefore, appeals to all the members of JPC to
reject this report in toto," the opposition alliance said.
The Prime Minister came in for a sharp attack from the opposition parties which
accused him of being responsible for the problems plaguing the country.
"Timidity, uncertainty, loss of direction and unmatched absence of leadership
characterizes the conduct of the present Prime Minister who sits atop the most
corrupt government since independence, behaving as if he sees nothing, hears
nothing and thus supinely does nothing despite the loud ringing of the alarm
bell of mounting chaos," a statement issued by the NDA alleged.
Advani told reporters that the coal mine scam and reports of government vetting
the CBI report in a bid to "dilute" will also be raised and said "this is
tantamount to relegating Parliament's position to an irrelevancy, also violating
the confidentiality of its reports."
The NDA also condemned the naming of former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee
in the JPC draft report for having "knowingly" causing losses to the exchequer
in 2G allocation.
"The NDA collectively and with one voice totally condemns the manner in which
the JPC draft, as per accounts, is charging the former Prime Minister and the
present convener of NDA, Shri A B Vajpayee, with knowingly having caused losses
to the exchequer.
"This is utterly and absolutely condemnable. Such conclusions in the draft
report of JPC, whilst simultaneously clearing Dr Manmohan Singh's name, through
a variety of sleights of hand, is an act of unmatched perfidy," it said.
The NDA expressed "outrage" at the UPA government's attitude in naming Vajpayee
and some of his former cabinet colleagues in the JPC draft report, especially
when he was unwell for sometime now. "It is shocking. It violates all norms of
even decency," Advani said.
In its 5-point poser to the government, the NDA said: "Who actually has drafted
this purported report of the JPC - the Chairman or some proxy of the UPA."
On the JPC draft report charging Raja with misleading the Prime Minister, the
NDA said "How possibly can a minister of the cabinet mislead the Prime
Questioning where does the collective responsibility of a government lie, the
NDA also expressed its mounting concern at the state of the nation under the
"continuing misdeeds" of this "diarchal" leadership of Dr Manmohan Singh and Smt
Sonia Gandhi, "resulting in drift, gross maladministration and rampant
corruption" in the present UPA regime.
"In Delhi, the capital city, the government sits idly by as unspeakable crimes
of the most heinous kind get repeated with sickening frequency. When, we ask
will this be ended?," the statement further said.