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BJP continues barrage, tells PM to break silence

CHENNAI: The BJP kept up its assault on the UPA government on Sunday, accusing the government of not wanting to give clear answers on any of the issues dogging it. The party attacked Prime Min

Published: 06th February 2012 02:20 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 05:51 PM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: The BJP kept up its assault on the UPA government on Sunday, accusing the government of not wanting to give clear answers on any of the issues dogging it. The party attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over his silence on a number of graft allegations like the 2G spectrum scam, the Antrix - Devas deal and the Commonwealth Games scandal, and said it would continue to raise difficult questions in both Houses of Parliament.

Addressing reporters in Chennai on Sunday, BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman repeated her party’s attack on the government, calling it a ‘lame duck’. “Governance paralysis is leading the country nowhere. Whether it is the Commonwealth Games or the black money issue, the government does not give a full reply. They are selective,” she said.

She pointed out that such a state of affairs persisted across all scandals, scams and accusations against the government.

“I think the government has a lot of explaining to do. We demand that the Prime Minister comes clean on it,” said Nirmala.

She demanded an explanation from the government on the alleged two lakh crore rupee scam in the Antrix - Devas deal. “He has to explain the process adopted in the decision making, and who were in-charge when the deal was struck.

“The Prime Minister has been silent on this issue. He has to give a detailed answer,” she said.

Nirmala also expressed her party’s indignation with the issue surrounding the Jarawa tribals of the Andamans and said it was completely unacceptable to force them to dance for tourists. She added that marketing tribals to attract tourists may not be a wise course of action.

Nirmala also indicated that the BJP was in no mood to relent in its attack on the government and would continue to raise questions in Parliament.



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