New Delhi, Feb 5 (PTI) Congress today reacted sharply toBJP''s criticism of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over theissue of black money saying the main opposition party hasbecome "bankrupt" of ideas and was indulging in "politics ofobscurantism".
"They have no issues on which they can attack thegovernment. So they are indulging in politics of obscurantismand making wild allegations. It has become totally bankrupt ofideas," party spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan told reporters.
She was reacting to the contention of BJP spokespersonTarun Vijay that by accepting that corruption and inflationwere a problem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accepted theopposition charge of his failure on these fronts.
The Congress spokesperson said the government was for"clear action" and is quite serious in bringing back the blackmoney stashed away in foreign banks.
Asked to comment on media reports that some of thestakeholders in Kochi IPL could be involved in black moneyissue, Natarajan said that Government would take note of allsuch information but "it has to move in its own way. There isno doubt about government''s complete seriousness in trackingblack money trail".
Asked about Senior BJP leader L K advani''s remarks inLucknow that he was hopeful that the government willconcede to opposition''s demand of Joint ParliamentaryCommittee (JPC) probe into 2G spectrum case, Natarajansaid, "There is no change in Congress stand on JPC."
"Our stand on JPC today same what it was in past. Wedo not feel that JPC is necessary. There is absolutely nochange in our position. PAC is already examining the issue.
Enquiries at various other levels are also going on. TheOpposition must allow Parliament to function," she said.
Referring to the all-party meeting called by FinanceMinister Pranab Mukherjee on February 8 on the issue, shesaid, "Whatever decision comes, we will wait for that."
Asked about the purpose of the meeting of PRP chiefChiranjeevi with Congress President Sonia Gandhi tomorrow,Natarjan said she was not aware of the agenda but added thatsuch meetings keep on taking place between friendly parties.
Natarajan also dismissed the contention that Congress''sattempts to rope in PRP was due to any threat to the Congressgovernment in the state saying, "Absolutely not".
"Andhra Pradesh government stands strong on its feet.
Talking to a friendly party is not a sign of weakness," shesaid.