NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram came under heavy attack from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. The BJP trained its guns on Singh and Chidambaram while alleging that the duo knew about the massive spectrum scam but did nothing to stop it.
The party demanded that the role of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in the alleged scam should be investigated with senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha saying Chidambaram should be sent to jail.”We will appeal to the Supreme Court to order CBI probe against Chidambaram and go ahead and investige the Prime Minister also, or justice won’t be done with this huge scam that has taken place,” said Yashwant Sinha.”I admire A Raja. He informed the Prime Minister at every step. He even informed the Prime Minister about advancing date of licences being issued. The Prime Minister kept silent which will be seen as approval not silence. The Prime Minister will defend Chidambaram because if Chidambaram is touched, the Prime Minister will be touched. Like with Raja, when Chidambaram goes to jail, he (Manmohan Singh) will stop defending Chidambaram and will saart defending only himself. The government has been soft on Chidambaram. Chidambaram’s place is where A Raja is, the same cell in Tihar Jail,” said Sinha indicating that his party will go all out to demand that Chidambaram be sacked and arrested for his alleged complicity in the scam.Claiming the the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance was very transparent during the the 2G spectrum allocation during its regime, Sinha said, “The CBI has recorded Jaswant Singh’s statement. In telecom policy, our government’s stand was very transparent. There is evidence piling up against Chidambaram and if the CBI says in the Supreme Court he cannot be probed, it’s laughable. Chidambaram’s place is in the cell with Raja.”The BJP had earlier revived a controversy that sparked off in 2010 when CNN-IBN revealed that the then telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran had written to the Prime Minister, asking him to stay off the spectrum pricing issue.Letters accessed by CNN-IBN had shown that it was the Prime Minister himself who had allowed the Telecom Ministry to keep spectrum pricing out of the terms of reference of the Group of Ministers.He was forced to concede to the demand because of consistent pressure from key ally the DMK.Referring to the issue, BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar has said that Singh owes an explanation to the nation.”PM owes an explanation to the nation. It’s not a matter of being a mute spectator, but of complicity,” said Javadekar.BJP’s allegations come ahead of Tuesday when the PMO has to explain its stand on record to the Supreme Court.Reacting to the allegations by the BJP, Minister of State V Narainswamy defended the Prime Minister saying “he is a man of impeccable integrity”.He also reiterated that there was no rift between Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.Terming it as a creation of media, Narainswamy said that Mukherjee had spoken to Chidambaram, following which the latter spoke to the Prime Minister.The minister also hit back at the BJP over corruption charges against former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa.”BJP should understand that Yeddyurappa and Uttarakhand Chief Minister had to go because of corruption only. There has been mind boggling mining scandal in BJP-ruled Karnataka. Why couldn’t they stop it?””Advani going on Rath Yatra and blaming Congress for corruption is not going to help them,” he said.