New Delhi: The BJP Tuesday slammed the Congress over its attack on the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), saying that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should answer if he shared in the allegations levelled by his party against the country’s top auditor.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad also blamed Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the prime minister for the days lost due to the stalemate in the recently concluded monsoon session of parliament.
“If anybody is responsible for parliament not functioning, it is Congress president Sonia Gandhi and the prime minister,” Prasad said.
Prasad said it was policy of the Congress to first deny charges of corruption and then ridicule them.
“Intemperate words have been used (against CAG). It is the Congress policy to first refute allegations of corruption, deny thereafter and ridicule thereafter,” Prasad said.
“We would like to know from the prime minister if he shares unfounded and baseless allegations levelled by a Congress spokesperson,” Prasad said.
Prasad added that former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had described the CAG as the “conscience keeper of the country’s audit”.
He said that the CAG had estimated a loss of Rs.1.76 lakh crore in the 2G spectrum scam and added that the Central Bureau of Investigation had later admitted that there had been a loss of thousands of crores of rupees.
Prasad said the Group of Ministers had fixed Rs.14,000 crore as the base price for the 2G spectrum auction and the government was set to earn a revenue of at least Rs.1.26 lakh crore.
He said that in the subsequent 3G spectrum allocation, the government had earned more than it had expected.
Demanding cancellation of coal blocks, he said auction would earn the government handsome revenues.
“The UPA government is most corrupt since independence,” he alleged.
The Congress had Monday attacked the CAG by questioning the credibility of its report on the coal blocks allocation and wondered if there was meeting of minds between the top auditor and the BJP.
The CAG, in a recent report, said that private players had windfall gains worth Rs.1.86 lakh crore in the 142 coal blocks allocated by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.