JD(U) Slams UPA for Berating CAG Report on 2G

JD(U) Slams UPA for Berating CAG Report on 2G
NDA convener and Janata Dal(U) President Sharad Yadav today slammed Congress-led UPA at Centre for criticising the CAG report on 2G spectrum loss.

"It was distasteful on the part of UPA ministers to issue challenging statements on the CAG report (on presumptive loss) instead of allowing a discussion on it in Parliament," Yadav told reporters here.

"It was not right on the part of UPA ministers to make statements on the CAG report as the auditor is a Constitutional institution," he said.

Yadav was reacting to the government charge that "sensationalism" over the CAG's presumptive loss figure of Rs 1.76 lakh crore was responsible for "killing" the telecom sector in the wake of flopped sale of mobile phone spectrum this week.

The government, which had set a reserve price of Rs 14,000 crore for pan-India spectrum on the basis of CAG's assumption of Rs 1.76 lakh crore loss caused to the exchequer in the previous sale in 2008, managed a meagre Rs 9,407.64 crore in the auction that lasted barely two days.

The JD(U) chief said he was hopeful that Parliament session starting from November 22 will run smoothly.

"The government would be cornered on the issue of retail in FDI. There would be no compromise on FDI as it would affect 25 crore people in the country. Other issues to be discussed in Parliament include coal block allocations and Reliance Power scam," Yadav said.

Responding to a query, the JD(U) chief said unemployment and inflation have reached a record high due to widespread corruption in the last 65 years.

He said the NDA would announce its prime ministerial candidate at an "appropriate" time.

When asked about the possibility of a front emerging under the leadership of SP supremo Mulayam Singh, he said the country had only three fronts, UPA, NDA and the Left parties.
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