Will go to court over spectrum scam, SP tells UPA Govt

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) Hardening its posture against its new ally ruling UPA, the Samajwadi Party today threatened to go to court against the Government over the ''spectrum scam'' if its demand to compel private telecom players to share with the Government their additional revenue resulting out of excess spectrum was not met.

SP leader Amar Singh told a news conference here that he was offered ''fabulous amount of money'' by the ''cartel'' of telecom players to keep his mouth shut on the issue.

He, however, did not name the people who came to him, though he said, ''I offered them a hot cup of tea'' before politely refusing their money.

If the cartel of Airtel, Vodafone and Idea went on minting money and the Telecommunications Minister A Raja did nothing about it, the Samajwadi Party will not sit quiet, he said.

''We are supporting the Government, so we do not want to bear the brunt of its misdoings in an election year. We do not want to be part of the scam. If nothing happens, we will launch an agitation and will even go to the court,'' said the SP leader.

M r Singh said because of the excess allotment to big players, small player were being penalised.

He wondered why the Government should be so benevolent to these big industrial houses.

''It would be better if Mr Raja spent the additional revenue earned by the cartel on the poor of his state Tamil Nadu,'' he added.

The way the Telecom Commission met and allotted the spectrum has given rise to so many questions.'' he said.

Mr Singh along with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had recently met the Prime Minister to put his party's demand relating to the issue.

The SP general secretary also demanded that the Government reduce the price of petroleum since the international prices had gone down.

''The prices were hiked by the UPA, arguing that they had been compelled to do so because of the global situation, so going by their own argument, they should now cut down the price since the international prices had come down,'' he said.

Mr Singh said he was now appealing to the PM to accept his demand as he had lost all faith in the Petroleum Minister Murli Deora.

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