‘Took principled stand’ after Volcker report: Cong on Natwar

Congress recounted findings of Paul Volcker committee which had named him as a non-contractual beneficiary of Iraqi oil-for-food scam.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 2, 2014 12:44 am

With Natwar Singh’s book touching a raw nerve, the Congress Friday stepped up its attack against him. Hitting back at the former foreign minister, the Congress recounted the findings of the Paul Volcker committee which had named him as a non-contractual beneficiary of the Iraqi oil-for-food scam and said the party took an uncompromising and principled stand asking him to resign from the Council of Ministers.

“It was found to be entirely an individual enterprise and adventure of Natwar Singh and family. And there was therefore no option but to take the action which was taken,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said. He recounted at length the findings of the Volcker report at the Congress press conference in the fresh offensive against Singh, who had gone for a no-holds-barred attack on Sonia in his autobiography.

Many leaders seized the opportunity to rally behind Sonia. Punjab PCC president Partap Singh Bajwa asked “Congressmen and people of sensibility” to socially boycott Singh. He said Singh’s book is “nothing short of treachery on his part to reveal privileged information and conversations apart from inventing scandalous tales”.

“For a person who takes pride in having worked and served under Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi to stoop to such a level for personal and political gain is shocking in the extreme,” he said.

National Commission for Minorities member Praveen Davar too called Singh’s exposure “immoral, unethical and unbecoming of a close confidant and diplomat”.

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  1. T
    Aug 2, 2014 at 1:22 am
    Why the same principled stand was not taken by Congress in the case of adventure of Robert Vadra
  2. S
    Santano Fernandes
    Aug 2, 2014 at 11:55 am
    The main problem with Congress is that their leaders both Mrs. Sonia hi and her Son Raul hi does not understand the meaning of the Word "Real Power in politics" unlike Mrs Indira who as women very powerful and knew so well the word "Real Power in politics means", because both mother and son are confused and are totally lost and will not be in a position to gain back huge ground already lost......when people give you power and if you don't know to use it properly then people take away that power, that is what has happened
  3. P
    Aug 2, 2014 at 2:10 am
    The sycophants of Congress party would obviously come to the rescue of their master.