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'Rai’s Claims A Ploy to Publicise His Book'

Published: 14th September 2014 06:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2014 07:40 AM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY: Former Union Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy on Saturday dubbed the observations made by the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai as a ploy to get public support to market his book.

Briefing newsmen at press conference on Saturday, Naraynasamy said that Rai’s  observations were far from truth and questioned Rai on his silence while deposing before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament on the CAG report placed for scrutiny. This shows that this observation came as an after thought as he stated nothing about the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at that time, said Narayanasamy.

Further, he said that when the UPA government had adopted the same  policies and procedures set by the NDA government under Atal Behari Vajpayee for 2G spectrum allocation and coal scam, he questioned Rai on picking on Manmohan Singh alone and not the NDA.

Targeting the Narendra Modi government at the Centre, Narayanasamy said that after completion of 100 days, there was no governance and that the Prime Minister was going on foreign tours. “The Ministers were dummies in the Centre as they did not have the powers to  take decisions on routine matters,” the former Minister said.

Reiterating his demand for an inquiry into the alleged corruption in the free rice scheme in the Union Territory, he said he was ready to face any inquiry.

He alleged that the Puducherry Lt Governor was ‘cheated’ and made to read the ‘wrong’ address in the Territorial Assembly. Narayanasamy said the schemes started during the previous Congress government were marked as ‘fresh’ in the budget presented by Chief Minister Rangasamy and that the budget was not a realistic one as the government cannot achieve the targeted figures, he added.

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