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Updated: November 19, 2010 00:59 IST

Gadkari's 10 questions to Manmohan Singh

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BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses the media at the party headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday.
PTI BJP president Nitin Gadkari addresses the media at the party headquarters in Mumbai on Thursday.

Says he is only seeking answers and a joint parliamentary committee probe now

Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his alleged silence on two major scams and demanded answers from Dr. Singh to 10 questions.

Mr. Gadkari reiterated the demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) to investigate the scams in the Commonwealth Games and 2G spectrum allocation.

Asked if he would demand Dr. Singh's resignation, he said the party had demanded a JPC investigation and once the report was out, it would then take a decision on demanding the Prime Minister's resignation. “I am only asking for answers and a JPC probe now,” he said.

Many firsts

For the first time in the country's history, the Supreme Court had raised questions on the Prime Minister's “alleged inaction and silence” on deciding on a private complaint seeking sanction for prosecution of the former Union Minister, A. Raja, in the 2G spectrum scam. The apex court indicated that the Prime Minister could not have sat on the complaint for 16 months, he pointed out.

Again, for the first time, he said, three ruling party leaders had quit in 10 days. The Congress had broken all records of corruption that totalled over Rs. 250,000 crore with the involvement of the political leadership. Dubbing this as “loot,” he said all this was painful for the country and it was time people got answers.

“In the Commonwealth Games, when the Finance Department objected to certain clearances, why did the Prime Minister go ahead with it?” he said. As Prime Minister he could have stopped things. “What is your silence indicating?” Mr. Gadkari demanded of the Prime Minister, adding that “Is no one listening to him?”

He said he was asking these 10 questions based on facts. He presented a huge document as a proof of this. It was the Congress style to make allegations but it was now embarrassing for the party and, instead of getting upset they should bring out the truth.

“The Congress is morally responsible for what has happened and in the last 62 years the corruption of these two scams has surpassed everything else. The report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), pointed to a presumptive loss of over Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the exchequer in the allocation of the 2G spectrum, indicating that it is 3 per cent of India's GDP,” Mr. Gadkari said.

Justifying the demand for a JPC probe, he said the CBI was a confident ally of the Centre, which was using the investigating agency against the Opposition. Questioning the manner in which the CBI chief was given an extension, he said, “How can it inquire into Ministers?” He said he expected the Prime Minister to take a positive decision on constituting a JPC soon.

Adarsh scam

Mr. Gadkari said he had no direct or indirect involvement with the Adarsh Society scam in Mumbai.

“I don't have any links and I don't own a flat by proxy,” he said. He had formed a committee of 20 lawyers and was firm on taking legal action against anyone who made allegations against him. He had sent a defamation notice to Manish Tiwari of the Congress.

Karnataka scandal

Mr. Gadkari said he did not know if Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yedyurappa was returning the land involved in the scam in the State and he had not got any letter from him. He would have to verify the matter in Karnataka first and then decide on the course of action.

The BJP chief alleged that the Congress, the Janata Dal (Secular) and the Governor were attempting to destabilise the BJP government in the State and it was undemocratic. The BJP core committee was meeting in New Delhi to discuss the issue, he noted.

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Dear Sir,It is very sad for people like me who understands little bit of our Constitution which is based on UK and US constitution as it was framed.But by Practice our immoral and corrupt politicians have made mockery of all the principles and practices of British and American system. Rule of Law prevails in UK without exception and spirit of Independence,Nationality and liberty prevail in USA. Both these countries are great in their own way because of honesty and integrity as regards their Nation/Country.Basicaly citizens of these two countries are HONEST to their convictions. You can see and perceive this when you see in a big gathering singing their National Anthem in USA particularly and compare with the same in our country.Actually we are selfish and self centered individally and not very cohesive nationally. In scientific sense can be expressed as heterogenous mixture and not a chemical compound whereas as a Nation we should behave as an Entity or a Personality with strong positive national characteristics.When shall we start to develop Character worthy of a country with such a rich CULTURAL HERITAGE with majority of people believing in SECULAR SANATAN HINDU DHARMA where we respect all Religions and definitely not hate or quarrel with others unnecessarily.

from:  Ranapati Ghosh.
Posted on: Dec 20, 2010 at 22:13 IST

It is time now to review the Constitution of India, to include, in particular, a system of Recall of the MP's, Ministers, and the PM; and to consider the PM as a purely elected office; discard the purely ceremonial office of President; among many other means to establish adequate checks and balances. The parliamentary functions should also change with a regular review of all major Govt decisions by MP's committees, as it happens in USA for example. Of course, one cannot guarantee a corruption free state, but its extent and dimensions may hopefully reduce. And the intelligensia and the youth should start a movement to educate the masses more and more to this end.

from:  Dr. Satindra Bhatia
Posted on: Dec 2, 2010 at 06:03 IST

Wow! We read about the Bofors scam, Harshad Metha scam, Fodder scam, Land Grabbing scams, Common Wealth Games scam and an endless list of other scams but the "2G Spectrum" scam tops it all! Leaders may come and leaders may go but India's scandals will never go! Perhaps it's time to register India in the Guinness Book of World Records as the land of maximum scams!

from:  murali sampath
Posted on: Nov 20, 2010 at 03:32 IST

Neither UPA nor NDA has commendable sense of morality.The sensible vision to crush corruption can be attributed to conscious and rising public perception.Media must strengthen their efforts coherently to fight corruption in every micro millimeter.

from:  Radha kumud Das
Posted on: Nov 19, 2010 at 08:57 IST

The UPA Government should not delay or defer the appointment of a JPC to probe into '2G Spectrum Issue', the Biggest scam of our times. The Government, if it is sincere and serious about the rising and sickening dealings of corruption,should also appoint one more JPC to look into Adarsh Scam. Mr Nitin Gadkari is right in raising the ten Questions about the long and teasing silence of the PM.If the UPA Government chooses to be silent even to the "G10" [Gadkari's ten questions],it would be answerable to the people and losing ground for the Opposition.

from:  M SOMASEKHAR PRASAD
Posted on: Nov 19, 2010 at 07:33 IST
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