New Delhi: Terming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s interaction with editors as very disappointing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on February 16 accused him of trying to “cover up” the various scams and said that ‘coalition dharma’ cannot mean supporting corruption.
“The Prime Minister’s press conference was very disappointing and shows his helplessness. Coalition dharma cannot mean support to corruption. And coalition is related only to 2-G. What is the relation between coalition and the case of ISRO (S-band allocation), Commonweath Games and Adarsh cases?” BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters.
He accused the Prime Minister of trying to shield the corrupt.
“In a way, an effort has been made to cover-up the corruption. He has accused the media and Opposition of spreading misinformation while maintaining that all is well. He has expressed his helplessness,” Gadkari said.
Gadkari alleged that the Prime Minister had failed to check corruption in his government and was trying to indirectly shield former Telecom Minister A. Raja.
The Prime Minister has accepted that he has completely failed to check corruption, he maintained.
“To support corruption in this manner in the name of coalition dharma and to ‘outsource’ a department to a coalition partner…. for the first time, the Prime Minister has said all decisions taken by A. Raja had the support of the Finance Minister. What support is there of the UPA and the Congress Party in this?”
The BJP also said the comparison of the 2G spectrum prices with subsidy for fertilizers, gas and oil, food grain was unfair and maintained that 2G spectrum allocation was not subsidy but a way of making money.