New Delhi: BJP on Monday slammed the government over its ‘active contemplation’ to make the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) a multi-member body. Addressing media on Monday, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the government of trying to undermine the authority of the office of CAG to cover up corrupt practices.

“Any move to reduce the authority of CAG will be opposed,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

Speaking in Chennai on Monday, former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu said, “Congress has always tried to undermine the powers of the constitutional authorities. The Prime Minister earlier had said raised questions on the observations of the CAG and termed it disputable. He had also said that the CAG’s observations will be challenged before the PAC.”

Naidu slammed PM for making such statements.

“Whenever the Congress is in trouble or faces criticism, they try to weaken the institutions if they are constitutional bodies. Now it is very clear that the Congress is not able to digest the independent and autonomous CAG and is going with the move to make CAG a multi-member body," he said.

"They (Congress) did the same thing even in 1980s when CAG looked into Bofors contract and HDW Submarine deals. They quashed the locus standi and auditing methods. They even criticised CAG on 2G spectrum report and declared that there was no loss," he said.

"Congress has forgotten that its stock crashed after it resorted to similar CAG bashing in 1989. Now the same thing will be repeated as and when elections are held," he added.

Meanwhile, stepping up his attack on the government, India Against Corruption (IAC) activist Arvind Kejriwal blamed the government for trying to weaken the CAG office, saying the UPA wants to make CAG their agent.

"Government's intentions are not correct. When CAG was coming out with strong reports, government tried to suppress it. The politicians should not decide about the selection of members of the CAG. Even the Opposition should not have a say in the selection of CAG,” Kejriwal said.

Earlier, Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy had said that the CAG has become ‘more impatient’ and the government is actively considering a proposal to make the official auditor a multi-member body.

(JPN/Agencies)

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