The BJP demanded that former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress respond to former CAG Vinod Rai’s remarks on the role of the former Prime Minister in the 2G and coal block allocations as they are “serious.”
“The information given by the former CAG is very serious. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not have power in his hands, this is true. Power was with 10 Janpath. And that is why the picture that has emerged today is correct,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said during a special press conference.
“It is the responsibility of the (then) Prime Minister that so many back to back corruption cases happen and you say that I don’t know anything, this can’t be. So it is serious,” Javadekar said.
Former CAG Vinod Rai, who is writing a book on his days as head of Comptroller and Auditor General of India, criticised Manmohan in an interview.
Rai said he felt he felt Manmohan Singh was part of the decisions to allocate 2G telecom spectrum on first-cum-first serve basis and coal blocks without auction.
Javadekar said Manmohan Singh also owed an explanation on the Commonwealth Games scam and the poor state of the national air carrier, Air India.
“The UPA government had earlier decided (late Congress leader) Sunil Dutt would be the chairman of the organising committee. But it was changed and Suresh Kalmadi was appointed. Manmohan Singh cannot shirk away his responsibilities,” the Information and Broadcasting Minister said.