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BJP slams Cong for attacking CAG

New Delhi: BJP on Saturday condemned the continued attack by Congress ministers on Constitutional bodies like CAG and PAC and wondered whether Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved of such criticism by his Cabinet colleagues.

The main opposition party also criticised UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for her comment on CAG's criticism by Central Ministers and questioned her silence on the scams of the Congress-led UPA government.

"BJP condemns the non-stop way the Congress party is out to denigrate institutions. It is surprising, infact shocking, that even ministers from the Union Cabinet come out to question to destabilise and to also in a way demoralise institutions...," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters.

At a time when ministers are questioning and casting aspersions on the authority of Constitutional bodies, she said, "We certainly would want to ask whether the Prime Minister approves of his Ministers coming out and speak in such terms about bodies I'm sure he respects and honours."

Reacting to Gandhi's comments on CAG, BJP said it hopes that she would comment on how Congress shall handle corruption and that too when her party had committed itself to setup the proposed anti-graft body Lokpal.

"How she is going to have institutions function if this is the way her party ministers are coming out to undermine them?" the BJP spokesperson said, adding that the opposition party would like to hear the Congress chief speak on Coalgate, CWG and Robert Vadra.

"Why has she remained silent all the while and only when there is a Constitutional body being questioned, and unfairly at that, we have the comment coming forth? Mrs Gandhi, we expect you to comment on many other things...," Sitharaman said.

Sitharaman also questioned whether Congress party had a strategy to destabilise Constitutional bodies like CAG and PAC, and create confusion in the minds of the public.

"By taking this kind of an attitude towards these institutions, and destabilising them, questioning them in public and putting the general public in a state of confusion about what is happening.

"Is there a way in destabilising PAC, the CAG reports that are being looked into KG basin or civil aviation...? Is it expected that you bring hindrance for them to carry on with their work? What is the strategy?," she asked.

While the Prime Minister had himself volunteered to appear before the PAC on 2G spectrum issue, the ministers in his Cabinet are out to criticise Constitutional bodies and Congress MPs not allowing them to function, Sitharaman said.

"BJP condemns and wonders if the government will stand by the kind of statements which some of the Ministers are making, questioning the CAG, questioning the PAC, on the basis of an official who's retired, who himself took the report to PAC, stood to explain it and stand by what he wrote," she said.

"Are we saying that this person's words now are more valuable than when he signed them and submitted the report," the BJP spokesperson said, referring to former CAG official R P Singh.

When corruption has emerged as a major poll issue, be it in states or in general elections, the main issue that is worrying the Congress party is corruption, she said.

"They are not denying corruption, they are only dithering over the amount," the BJP spokesperson said.

(Agencies)

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