Congress Volley of Charges Continues

Published: 25th May 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th May 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: The Congress party, which was accused of policy paralysis while leading the United Progressive Alliance government, is now accusing the BJP-led government of the same.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma on Sunday said a number of top posts like Lokpal, CVC, CIC and DRDO and those in a dozen scientific institutions, were lying vacant for long as no decision was being taken. He alleged that the delay in decision-making was due to the fact that there was “centralised decision-making now” in the government which has led to “paralysis in decision-making”.

“If it is true the government is very decisive, then what is the reason for not appointing the chiefs of these important bodies?” Sharma said.

He also attacked the NDA government over the Rafale deal alleging that as per the earlier arrangement, state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited was to manufacture 108 jets through transfer of technology from the French company.

“Then why was HAL kept out of the government-to-government agreement despite the fact that the state-owned company has assembly lines in view of its old collaboration with France on the Mirage deal?” Sharma asked at an All India Congress Committee briefing.

This was for the second time that Congress raised questions over the fighter jet deal.  Former United Progressive Alliance Defence Minister A K Antony had on Saturday questioned the deal, wondering whether the Finance Ministry and Defence Acquisition Council were taken on board while clinching the agreement with France.


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