Cong slams BJP for describing govt as ''most corrupt'' since ''47

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New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Stung by BJP''s dig that PrimeMinister Manmohan Singh was leading the "most corrupt"government in the country''s history, Congress today accusedthe opposition party of attempting to "short-circuit politicalmandate by resorting to cheap politics".

"Those who live in glass houses do not throw stones onothers. There is a huge difference between what BJP says andwhat it does. BJP is a party which believes in preachingwithout practice. It is a negative and regressive force in thecountry," party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters.

He was reacting to senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley''sremarks yesterday in which he had said the UPA II has littleidea on how to deal with the various problems plaguing thecountry.

"While people say the Prime Minister is personallyhonest.... It is a strange honesty that he leads the mostcorrupt government in India since 1947," he had said.

Singhvi said BJP has no moral, political, constitutionalright to lecture the Congress on how to fight corruption andasked what actions it took in corruption cases allegedlyinvolving its leaders including the Karnataka Chief Minister.

"Don''t try to short-circuit political mandate by cheappolitics...What the BJP leader yesterday said was an attemptat disinformation," Singhvi said questioning why NDA could donothing in Bofors case in six years of its rule at the Centre.

Singhvi also dismissed questions on the reporteddifference of opinion between Home Minister P Chidambaram andPlanning Commission Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Cabinetplan for Naxal areas, saying, "do not consider exchangeinformation a fight."

He said the exchange of views and counter-views are partof good governance in which UPA believes.

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