BJP says lobby got Thomas CVC job,hints at Chavan role

On the controversy over whether the committee that appointed Thomas was aware of his background,it said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “cannot be lying” but he has “opted to mislead” the country.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 30, 2011 12:54 am

Continuing with its campaign against the appointment of P J Thomas as the Central Vigilance Commissioner,the BJP on Saturday alleged that a “big lobby” had worked to induct him as the CVC and dragged Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan into the controversy.

On the controversy over whether the committee that appointed Thomas was aware of his background,it said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “cannot be lying” but he has “opted to mislead” the country.

Two days after the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj termed as an absolute lie the contention that the committee was unaware of Thomas’s involvement in the Palmolein import case,the BJP said it was “most shocking and amazing”.

“But we would not say the Prime Minister would be lying. Of course,he can’t be lying…. It is very amusing that we can say that the Prime Minister cannot lie. We know that he cannot lie. But of course,he has opted,under whatsoever reasons,to mislead and get misled,” BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said. He referred to Swaraj’s objection to the appointment of Thomas and the fact that she had put on record her dissent. “All this establishes the culpability,the guilt of the Prime Minister” as well as that of Home Minister P Chidambaram,he added.

But “there are some facts and revelations which indicate that a big lobby had worked to induct him and influenced the committee to see that he is inducted. Even the name of the chief secretary of Maharashtra figures there,” Rudy said. Referring to Chavan,he said so far no one has mentioned about former Minister in Prime Minister’s Secretariat who is now the Maharashtra CM. It “seems all is falling in place”,he said without elaborating.

“We do not know how much embarrassment the government would still prefer. Whether it would like to have the sacking of the CVC from the Supreme Court. Whether it is so weak and guilty that it does not have the courage to sack the CVC,” Rudy said.

The BJP also used the apology of Aziz Burney to lash out at Digvijaya Singh. Rudy said in the light of Burney’s apology Singh has lost all sheen. He alleged Singh had demeaned police officer Mohan Chand Sharma — who was killed in the Batla House encounter — and recollected how Hemant Karkare’s widow Kavita rebuffed Singh’s statement.

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