PM trying to cover up corruption, alleges BJP

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Nitin Gadkari
New Delhi, Feb 16: Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's interaction with editors as very disappointing, the BJP Wednesday accused him of trying to "cover up" the various scams and said that ''coalition dharma'' cannot mean supporting corruption.

"The Prime Minister's press conference was very disappointing and shows his helplessness. Coalition dharma cannot mean support to corruption. And coalition is related only to 2-G. What is the relation between coalition and the case of ISRO (S-band allocation), Commonwealth Games and Adarsh cases?" BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters.

He accused the Prime Minister of trying to shield the corrupt.

"In a way, an effort has been made to cover-up the corruption. He has accused the media and opposition of spreading misinformation while maintaining that all is well.

"He has expressed his helplessness," Gadkari said.

The BJP President termed as laughable the Prime Minister's charge that the BJP was attacking the government to vent its anger at the action taken against a Gujarat Minister (Amit Shah).

On the crucial issue of JPC formation and functioning of Parliament during the Budget Session, Gadkari said it is "unjust" to accuse the opposition for the stalemate.

"On JPC issue also he (PM) has tried to blame the opposition for not allowing Parliament to function. If today the government has indicated that it is ready to think on a JPC, then why did it waste one month (winter session)," Gadkari said.

He maintained that if the Prime Minister is willing to depose before any Parliamentary committee, then he should have agreed to a JPC probe much earlier.

"Why did you not agree to it (JPC) earlier? If you are ready to appear in front of any committee... that you are agreeing to now... Had you done this earlier this situation would not have arisen," Gadkari said.

Though the BJP chief evaded questions on whether the principal opposition wanted Singh to resign, he said as the "captain" of the team (government) he is responsible for bad performance.

PTI

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