Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here on Monday that the solar panel scam would be raised in Parliament during the session beginning next month.
Addressing a meet-the-press at the Press Club here, the spokesperson said that solar panels carried Central subsidies. Parliament should be concerned about diversion of subsides and should be discussing the matter.
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Oommen Chandy’s description of the scam as a small one, Mr. Javadekar said the Chief Minister was saying so because the Congress was known for big-ticket corruption.
“Does Mr. Chandy want to justify corruption because it is small?”
He said the Rs.64-crore Bofors scandal had kept the Congress out of power for eight years. If the solar scam had not become public now, it would have grown from one involving Rs.10 crore to Rs.1,000 crore. Minister for Rural Development and Culture K.C. Joseph was blaming the media because he could not defend the government.
. He denied that there was pressure from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to project Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as Prime Minister candidate of the party.
“The RSS does not conduct BJP’s proceedings. We function independently. The RSS does not dictate to us, but we hold informal consultations with them. The relationship is symbiotic,” he added.