The Congress Friday hit back at former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai virtually accusing him of spinning a yarn for the BJP after he alleged that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to look the other way even after being cautioned in the 2G and coal block allocations.
Congress also asked why he is silent on the serious strictures passed by the CAG in Gujarat against the state government headed then by Narendra Modi.
Hitting out at Rai, the Congress alleged that his public assertions are nothing but an effort to promote his forthcoming book. “The disease of book promotion, attendant marketing and publicity is assuming the proportions of an epidemic. It seems that we need a new antibiotic for this viral,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. He said Rai has already spoken through the reports of the CAG office many times, but his hunger for publicity it seems was not sufficiently satiated.
Singhvi said “similar” and “identical allegations” were hurled by BJP leader Subramaniam Swamy in his applications to courts, but were rejected by the Supreme Court and the special CBI court.
The Congress also argued that Rai’s “denials” about joining politics have been “ambiguous” and “his words suggest that he is keeping all his options open.”