New Delhi: By putting the ball in UPA's court, the BJP on Thursday said that it (UPA) will have to conduct an inquiry into the issue of delay in hiving off the VSNL and return of 773 acres land to the government.

While participating in the debate on Finance Bill, Prakash Javadekar said, "One of the ministers is trying to put the NDA in the dock on the VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited) demerger issue but the inquiry will be in the government's own deeds as it will have to explain what was being done by P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee (past and present Finance Ministers) in the last six years."

The VSNL disinvestment was done in 2002 during the NDA regime. In response to the minister's allegations, former Disinvestment Minister Arun Shourie, under whom VSNL was sold to Tatas, had also said that if there was any delay in the demerger of the land, a probe should be ordered against the past and present Finance Ministers in the UPA government.

Attacking the government, Javadekar even said the Finance Minister had presented a budget which was ‘lackadaisical and uninspiring’ and didn't have much to offer to the poor and unemployed youth.

(Agencies)