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Updated: June 23, 2011 00:54 IST

Opposition raises questions over "bugging"

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Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj

Questions continued to be raised on Wednesday over the alleged bugging attempts in the offices of Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and his aides in the North Block with the Opposition parties rejecting the “chewing gum” theory and demanding a thorough probe.

They sought to suggest that the episode could also be reflective of the “trust deficit” within the government.

But the Congress hit back saying the BJP always indulged in levelling “baseless allegations” to divert attention from its internal rebellion. The party said it was not aware of any problems within the government on the issue.

Mr. Mukherjee has sought to downplay the issue, calling the episode “bogus” but did not elaborate.

Officially, the government continued to maintain silence on the issue.

“Big joke”

A day after a row broke out after a national newspaper reported on the alleged bugging, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj termed a “big joke” the Intelligence Bureau's “chewing gum theory” and demanded a probe into it.

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With so much of scams troubling the government, it has landed into another and much worse one with the 'bugging' episode. First, government should realise that it has the utmost public support in combating dangers to national security and therefore it should not indulge in whitewashing the affairs. There is therefore urgent need to come out with the full truth even if it means washing some domestic dirty linen in public. That will be in national interest. Is it the work of the dirty tricks department of the party in power, or of rivalling minsitries -we have known of inefficiency of departmements but never have the minsitries behaved in such a fashion as is allegedly being put out in the media . The more the government tries to abruptly close the matter, more will be the trouble for the UPA. Meanwhile, it would do a lot of good if the congress party has a crash course for its band of spokesman who appear nightly in the TV channels.

from:  S Subramanyan
Posted on: Jun 23, 2011 at 10:17 IST
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