Monday, February 17, 2014

BJP to back SC-ordered probe of Ambani, gas price

New Delhi:BJP is in favour of a criminal investigation against Reliance chief Mukesh Ambani and the issue of gas pricing if the Supreme Court orders it. Senior party leader and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said he would be happy if the apex court orders a criminal investigation into the matter but he does not support the way Aam Aadmi Party has moved on the issue as it threatens to break down the constitutional structure in the country.

Jaitley also refuted charges that the BJP had maintained silence on the issue saying the party had officially said that the process of gas pricing was not transparent and a Yashwant Sinha-led parliamentary committee had even recommended its re-examination.

Jaitley said, “I will be very happy if court (the SC where two PILs on the issue are pending) orders a criminal investigation into it. But this process that we will break down the constitutional and organizational structures... you will get cheap publicity but not be able to govern in the long run.”

Before demitting office, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal ordered registration of an FIR by the anti-corruption branch on the issue of doubling of gas prices in the country. The FIR named Ambani and petroleum minister Veerappa Moily as accused among others.

Attacking AAP’s way of governance and politics, Jaitley said, “They first create an imaginary issue... an imaginary villain and then attack it. This is their politics.” Jaitley spoke on the issue during a discussion on a TV channel.

Jaitley recalled that the BJP has officially said that the process of gas pricing was not transparent. “Yashwant Sinha was the chairman of the parliamentary committee on finance. The committee had recommended to the government that these prices be fixed again and re-examined. The right way to go about the issue is to go to court or discuss in Parliament,” Jaitley said, adding that CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta had already filed a PIL on the issue in the SC.

Mocking the AAP move, he asked, “Should the Rajasthan government say that because Prime Minister has allocated coal blocks so police should summon the PM. The country has to run but not by anarchy.”

Jaitley, however, conceded that Kejriwal had the strength of honesty with him. Answering a specific question on the issue, Jaitley said, “Anyone who does politics of honesty obviously has some sort of strength with him. But being honest is the bare minimum for politics, it’s not the whole and sole political system within itself.”

Manmohan led India’s most corrupt govt: 
Advani New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani has said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has presided over the most corrupt government in independent India. Launching an attack on the UPA government, the senior BJP leader and former deputy prime minister in the NDA government said the decade-long rule of the Congress had driven Parliament to an all-time low.

“Manmohan Singh began his tenure with a clean personal reputation. But as his decade-long tenure is coming to a close, he would leave behind a record of having presided over the most corrupt government in independent India,” Advani said in his latest blog. Advani said the UPA government has driven Parliament to an “all-time low”. TNN

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