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BJP Criticises PM For Defending Raja In Spectrum Scam

Describing the 2-G Spectrum allocation controversy as the biggest scam in independent India, BJP on Monday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for defending Telecom Minister A Raja while the investigations are still on. "Even as

PTI [ Updated: October 26, 2009 21:37 IST ]
bjp criticises pm for defending raja in spectrum scam
bjp criticises pm for defending raja in spectrum scam

Describing the 2-G Spectrum allocation controversy as the biggest scam in independent India, BJP on Monday criticised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for defending Telecom Minister A Raja while the investigations are still on.

"Even as the investigations are going on and the accusing finger categorically points to the Telecommunication Minister A Raja, the Prime Minister has today made a statement that the allegations against him were not correct," party leader Arun Jaitley said, terming the incident as the biggest scam in Independent India.

He also took a dig at the Prime Minister for stating that "whatever the opposition says is not always correct".

The BJP leader was critical of Singh's reply to a question on Raja's contention that the Prime Minister was in the loop about the decisions taken in regard to spectrum allocation.

Singh had said he would not like to join issue with his cabinet colleague in public.

"Obviously, the Prime Minister is no position to agree or disagree," Jaitley said.

The senior BJP leader alleged that "rules of the game were changed" in 2007 when applications for spectrum allocation were invited.

"When applications were invited with October 1, 2007 as the deadline, an artificial cut-off date of September 25, 2007 was created and applications received between September 25 and October 1 were summarily rejected," Jaitley claimed. PTI

 

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