Congress targets MoS Inderjit, cites graft allegations from UPA-I

Shashi Tharoor on Friday questioned how can it be that one is corrupt when in UPA and is non-corrupt when in the BJP.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2014 8:53 pm
Singh, who was earlier in Congress, was a Minister of State in Defence in UPA-I. (Source:  PTI) Singh, who was earlier in Congress, was a Minister of State in Defence in UPA-I.         (Source: PTI)

After Smriti Irani, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh on Friday came under attack from his former party Congress which claimed BJP leader Kirit Somaiya had sought action against Singh for alleged corruption when he was in UPA government.

While party MP Rajiv Satav posted the link to the communication by Somaiya in 2011 on his Twitter handle, party spokesperson Shashi Tharoor on Friday questioned how can it be that “one is corrupt when in UPA and is non-corrupt when in the BJP”.

Singh, who was earlier in Congress, was a Minister of State in Defence in UPA-I. He joined BJP just before the Lok Sabha election. In his communication, Somaiya had then alleged Singh’s role in grabbing of defence land in Kandivili Mumbai, and had even calling it an “Adarsh II scam”. He had demanded action against the then MoS of Defence Singh.

Replyiing to a question on it at the AICC briefing, Tharoor said that the BJP attacked the same people when they were in Congress and then the “same BJP appoints the same people in their ministry. Does it mean that they were purely political positions.”

He wondered how can it be that one is “corrupt when in UPA and is “non-corrupt when in the BJP”. Satav also took a jibe on it on Twitter noting “good days” while giving the link to a media report as well as Somaiya’s letter.

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    Ashutosh
    May 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm
    Its because Congress and corruption both terms are synonymous.
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      Mohan
      May 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm
      The question to Tharoor and his Congress party is ---- did they consider Rao Inderjit Singh corrupt when he was in the Congress ? If the answer is no, then, the Q raised by him now is redundant.
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        nihichsu
        May 30, 2014 at 8:17 pm
        If he was corrupt as alleged by Mr. Somaiya then why didn't the Congress or the PMO take action against Mr. Singh during entire period of UPA I and UPA II? If he had not left Congress and not joined BJP, would Mr. Shashi Tharoor make the same comments? They are so well versed in practising double standards.
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          Ravi Ranjan
          May 31, 2014 at 12:28 am
          The Congress does not seem to have a clue to its present dilemma.If Inderjeet Singh was defended by it during UPA I how can it say now the new MoS is tainted?
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            sacchadesi
            May 31, 2014 at 12:16 am
            BJP are rabble rousers, nothing much else, right from Advani days. Their credibility is zero.
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              Karishma
              Jun 4, 2014 at 3:09 pm
              i dont think the question is whether he was corrupt or not. the question is about the double standard of BJP. when one is in UPA he is corrupt but when he comes over he is not. SO understand what is being said first.
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                Citizen
                May 30, 2014 at 3:53 pm
                What was UPA doing ???? Sleeping ???? At least now get some proof to act !! Jaihind
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