NEW DELHI: BJP parliamentary party chairman L K Advani has hailed the Supreme Court verdict on the 2G spectrum allocation case in his blog and wondered whether the ousted Union Telecom Minister A Raja was the “sole villain” of the scam.
He alleged that the UPA government, in effect, “was being run by Sonia Gandhi”, and that “no government could beat the UPA record in its record of scams”.
“All the 122 transactions executed by former Telecom Minister A Raja were quashed (by the Supreme Court) ... The key question the judiciary has now to decide is: Is Raja the solitary villain of the piece, and the only person responsible for these fraudulent transactions.” “This Government is officially headed by Manmohan Singh, but by now there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that this government is actually run by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi,” the BJP leader said. He listed a number of scams associated with the present dispensation -- “the cash-for-vote scam, 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scandal, Ottavio Quattrochi case (Bofors pay-off), Adarsh housing scam, the appointment of P J Thomas as CVC, the abysmal failure to get back black money stashed abroad, continuing massive illegal immigration from Bangladesh, the Telgi case and Hasan Ali’s alleged massive tax evasion.”
Advani held Sonia Gandhi squarely responsible for the sorry state of affairs.
“If the 2G spectrum scam series were to be regarded as a cricket series, then crusader Subramanian Swamy had to be adjudged the man of the series.” “I said if even after dozens of ignominious defeats in the UK and Australia in Test Matches and One-Dayers, the Cricket Control Board (BCCI) could feel so ecstatic about a single T-20 victory as to put out the news as paid news, why cannot the government emulate the Cricket Board...,” he said, adding that the government could have used the front page of a newspaper “to highlight as advertisement, the remarkable relief P Chidambaram has received from a court”.