BJP Attacks PM, Sonia for Silence on ISRO-Devas Deal

New Delhi
BJP Attacks PM, Sonia for Silence on ISRO-Devas Deal
Amid the controversy over banning of four space scientists, including former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair, from government jobs, BJP today attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for their "silence" on the matter and wanted the deal to be made public.

BJP also revived the corruption plank against Congress alleging UPA was "covering up" corruption cases and not even replying to queries raised in Parliament on graft.

Attacking the Prime Minister on ISRO-Devas deal, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said since ISRO was directly under his charge, Singh was required to answer questions about the deal.

"The Prime Minister needs to answer...What happened to the report of the high-level probe ordered by the Prime Minister"? she said.

She said "The Prime Minister's Office has got a lot of things to answer especially on ISRO-Devas. The PMO has a lot of things to answer why Shunglu Committee has remained in paper and nothing else. The PMO has to say in spite of briefing him why is Raja being questioned and why not Mr Chidambaram. The PMO is remaining silent.

"It is not revealing for the benefit of the nation the actual decision-making process which has resulted in huge loss all over 2010 and 2011. It is spending time in cover-ups", Sitharaman alleged.

Asking the government to come clean on the ISRO-Devas deal, the BJP leader asked why the UPA chairperson and the Congress general secretary were "silent" on corruption charges against UPA.

"The vital question today is in spite of orders the UPA chairperson and the general secretary of Congress who is very keen on taking this fight upfront against corruption are not answering questions. They are going around the country saying that they are in the fight against corruption. Please give us answers for all these. Answers are not coming in Parliament," she said.
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