What Rai has said
- Dropping bombsell, ex-CAG has said that erstwhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had aware about the controversial decisions surrounding the allocation of coal blocks and 2G spectrums.
- Rai also alleged in the interview to Times now channel that some Congress leaders had even pressurised him to keep the PM's name out of audit reports.
- Three Congress leders were Sanjay Nirupam, Sandeep Dikshit and Ashwani Kumar pressurised
- "...in 2G and coal there is no way Singh can shirk responsibility. In 2G all the letters written by (then telecom Minister) A Raja were to him and he was replying to those letters. I got no reply to any letter I wrote to him.
- On one occasion when I called on him, the PM said I hope you don't expect a reply from me, whereas he was replying to Raja twice a day. So how can he be not held responsible for the onus of that decision?," former CAG said.
Manmohan Singh's crediblity again in dock
- This revelation has further eroded the crediblity of former Prime Minister who till now has not directly accused for his involvement in scam.
- Slamming for not rising at right time because of coalition politics, former CAG said that Singh only concerned about remaining in power.
- "you cannot have the nation being subjugated to the state and the state being a coalition of political parties. The belief was that good politics makes good economics too. But does good politics mean just staying in power?", Rai said to outlook magazine
- Putting UPA PM in dock, Vinod Rai further said, "Integrity is not just financial; it is intellectual integrity; it is professional integrity. You have an oath of allegiance to the constitution and that is important".
- Ahead of launch of his tell-all book ‘Not Just An Accountant' most likely on September 15, Rai said that his phone was even tapped when he was auditing the report.
- Recently a number of book like one by the media adviser of the former prime minister Sanjay Baru, then former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh and former Coal Secretary P C Parakh have severely criticized former PM and his reticent approach.
- During Run-up to Lok Sabha election erstwhile PM was at the forefront of Opposition's attack for acting like 'maun'mohan while his coteries frittered exchequer money through various scams.
Not Acche din for Congress
- Congress party has been battling with number of issues including infighting within party rank (old soldier Vs young guard).
- Janardan Dwivedi's comment that a leader having age more than 60-70 should't play active role in party and rather leave it to other leaders of below age didn't augur well among certain section of party.
- Congress vice president's leadership skill being questioned time and again. "Rahul Gandhi's silence on critical issues was also a factor leading to the party losing the war of perception (to BJP)", Digvijay Singh reportedly said recently.
- A number of party leaders right from senior like AK Antony to Milind Deora criticised top leadership for Lok Sabha debacle.
- Congress party also had to swallow their pride when it was not given LoP status.
This will further erode party's crediblity before Assembly Elections
- Congress party is completely in disarray and that will definitely dampen its winning prospect in coming Assembly elections.
- Vinod Rai's revelation might prove a final nail in congress' coffin just before by-poll in Uttar Pradesh and assembly elections.
- Today or day after tomorrow, the election Commission will announce date for assembly poll States in four States including J & K, Maharashtra, Haryana and Jharkhand.
- Survey suggest Congress will again meet the same fate as it did in Lok sabha election, where it was put to knee by Modi led BJP.
- Party really has tough task ahead and they must recalibrate its strategy to redeem its lost glory.