Thursday, June 20, 2013

Coal Scam: RSS magazine quotes Rajnath accusing PM of coal graft, he says misquoted

In its zeal to step up the attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the alleged irregularities in the allotment of coal blocks, RSS mouthpiece Organiser appears to have misquoted BJP president Rajnath Singh as saying that the PM is "involved in the scam".

The BJP president's office told The Indian Express that Rajnath had not accused the PM of direct involvement when he spoke to Organiser for an interview.

"The intentional vetting of the CBI status report before submitting to Supreme Court was the sufficient ground to believe that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh is involved in the scam (sic)," the latest issue of Organiser quotes Rajnath as saying.

"At least the people sitting on top must follow some morals. There must be some moral standards for the posts of President, Prime Minister and chief ministers. But it is an irony that such ethics and moral values have no place today in politics. It is definitely a big crisis," Rajnath is quoted as saying.

The BJP has so far questioned the role of the PMO and its officials and demanded the PM quit as the alleged scam took place when he held the coal portfolio. Rajnath's purported comments in the interview, however, directly question the personal integrity of the Prime Minister.

"He was only stressing the fact that the needle of suspicion is towards the Prime Minister's Office," Rajnath's office told The Indian Express Wednesday when reached for his comment.
Express news service : New Delhi, Wed Jun 19 2013, 22:45 hrs Small Large Print

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