BJP determined to corner government over CBI affidavit in coal scam

On the eve of a crucial meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G scam, senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha dashed off yet another letter to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, arguing that his failure to appear before the panel would “confirm” his complicity in the scam.

In his letter, Mr. Sinha referred to the former Telecom Minister, A. Raja’s communication to JPC Chairman P.C. Chacko, stating that he took major decisions only after consulting the Prime Minister, and said Dr. Singh’s silence amounted to admission of guilt.

The letter suggested that Thursday’s JPC meeting, at which the members would have to take a call on the controversial draft report, would be a tumultuous affair. “Under the leadership of your party member P.C. Chacko, the JPC is facing the risk of a complete stalemate, if not total destruction.”

Mr. Sinha reminded Dr. Singh that he had written on April 2 saying he had nothing to hide, and maintained that his “deafening silence” on the allegations “made by your own colleague in the Cabinet completely disapproves the stand” he had taken. “Your silence will confirm the worst fear of the people of India that you were fully involved in the 2G scam, and if Raja is guilty, so are you.”

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned on Tuesday without any business after the Opposition stalled the proceedings, demanding an explanation from Law Minister Ashwani Kumar.

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