New Delhi: A BJP delegation led by senior party leader LK Advani on Wednesday met President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention over growing attacks on constitutional institutions like CAG. The BJP delegation comprised of Sushma Swaraj, leader of opposition in the Lok sabha, and Arun Jaitley, leader of opposition in Rajya sabha and senior BJP leader and Public Accounts Committee chairman MM Joshi.

 

The delegation has submitted a memorandum expressing "deep anguish and profound concern" over the Prime Minister and Congress questioning the CAG report on coal scam.
    
"MPs and high functionaries belonging to the Congress party and the Prime Minister himself have gone public in criticising the CAG's report. Motives, including that of having political ambitions, have been openly attributed to the CAG.... What is most shocking are the statements of the Prime Minister in the Parliament and public on August 27," the party said in the memorandum.

BJP alleged that CAG's authority in conducting performance audit has been challenged several times.

"In the Parliament, the Prime Minister had said that the observations of CAG are clearly disputable and further that CAG's findings are flawed on multiple counts," it said.

Speaking to media after meeting the President, LK Advani said that he expressed concern before Mukherjee over such instances and handed over a memorandum containing statements of most revered statesmen of the country like Dr Rajendra Prasad, S Radhakrishnan and Pt Jawaharlal Nehru signifying the importance of CAG as a constitutional institution.

Advani added that Prime Minister’s statement against CAG for indicting the government in allocation of coal blocks has virtually given a kind of license to the Congressmen to continue their attack on CAG.

Mukherjee heard the views of the BJP leaders patiently and promised to look into the matter, he said.

BJP has been critical of Congress Party for targeting CAG and its head Vinod Rai over coal scam and Parliament logjam. The opposition party has taken strong exception of the statement of Congress Party spokesperson accusing Vinod Rai of being hand in glove with the BJP.

Amid raging controversy over coal scam, the embattled Congress Party on Monday had alleged that CAG was responsible for the washout of entire Monsoon session of Parliament. Reacting to this allegation of the ruling party, the BJP spokesperson, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had sought reply from the Prime Minister and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi if they agree with the statement targeting CAG over coal scam. He also accused the Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi of not acting to end house logjam.

Later flamboyant Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh also targeted CAG by saying that if the allocation of coal blocks were made as per the policies framed in 1993, how the CAG accounted the loss in this matter.

BJP’s strategic mantra to party CMs

Amid Congress’ accusations against Chhattisgarh CM and Madhya Pradesh CM of approving Centre’s policy in controversial allotment of coal blocks, the BJP has asked CM Raman Singh and CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan not to be influenced by such accusations.

BJP is concerned about CAG report which has also rapped the BJP led Chhattisgarh government in its report for causing heavy revenue losses to the state.   

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