PM seeks to blame Raja for 2G mess

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (PTI) Declaring that government willdo everything to clean up the "public life", Prime MinisterManmohan Singh today said no wrong-doer will go unpunished inscams as he sought to blame former Telecom Minister A Raja forthe controversial 2G spectrum allocation.

Sharing concerns of all the sections in Parliament overscams, he referred to formation of JPC into 2G scam and theprobe being undertaken by the CBI in various corruption casesand said his government would "fully cooperate" with all theagencies "so that the truth comes out".

"I will be the last person to deny that some unfortunatedevelopments have taken place in the area of telecom, in thearea of Commonwealth Games. Those concerns are beingaddressed.

"As and when we get credible, actionable evidence, actionhas been taken. Chief Ministers have resigned, Ministers haveresigned. The CBI has been on the trail of the wrong-doers. Iassure the House that there is nothing that we will not do inorder to clean our public life," Singh said winding up thedebate on Motion of Thanks to the President''s Address in theLok Sabha.

While strongly defending the telecom policy, the PrimeMinister appeared to blame Raja in its implementation when hesaid that the policy of licencing had the support of telecomregulator TRAI and the ministry and decided to pursue the pathfollowed until 2007.

"Then subsequently, it turned out that while the policywas sound, the way it was implemented gave rise to problems.

Those problems will now be looked into by the JPC, they arebeing looked into by the PAC and if there are any criminalaspects, they are looked into by CBI," he said.

Speaking on the same issue, he told the Rajya Sabha laterthat he was "categorically" assured by Raja that the policy offirst-come first-served was being implemented appropriately.

"Subsequent developments suggest that this was not the case."

Singh said the "public impatience" over action against theguilty was understandable but the government must follow thedue process of law.

"We are making every effort. No one should have any doubt.

Those found guilty will surely be dealt with under law," heasserted.

In the Lok Sabha, Singh said, "people talk of scams and ifthere is a scam, it must be dealt with. The law of the landmust punish the wrong-doers."

At the same time, he said, "We must not overlook the factthat there is tremendous growth in the telecom sector whichhas taken place."

During the almost hour long speeches in both Houses, Singhresponded point-by-point to various issues raised by membersconcerning corruption, black money, ISRO spectrum allocation,inflation, internal security and foreign policy.

Both the Houses adopted the Motion of Thanks by a voicevote without any amendment. .

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