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‘Rahul late in anti-graft drive’

Arun Jaitley, her counterpart in Rajya Sabha, too questioned Rahul’s grandstanding.

New Delhi | Published: February 23, 2014 3:40:09 am
Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Saturday. PRAVEEN KHANNA Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on Saturday. PRAVEEN KHANNA

Rejecting Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s charge of stopping anti-corruption legislations as “laughable”, the BJP Saturday questioned the moral authority of the Congress leader to corner them on this issue.

“Rahul Gandhi’s statement is laughable. His government has been steeped in corruption for last five years and then his party brings anti-corruption legislations on the last day of the last session. Sau chuhe kha ke billi Haj ko chali (the cat goes on a pilgrimage after eating 100 rats),” Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said Saturday.

Arun Jaitley, her counterpart in Rajya Sabha, too questioned Rahul’s grandstanding. “He has not made a single remark over all the issues of corruption that shook the conscience of the country. He is a very late entrant in the anti-corruption bandwagon,” Jaitley said, highlighting Rahul’s silence on alleged scams in the 2G spectrum allocation, coal block allocation, Commonwealth Games, Adarsh Housing Society and VVIP chopper deal.

In this context, the BJP leaders sought to claim credit for pursuing the anti-corruption campaign launched by Anna Hazare to a “logical conclusion” by enactment of Lokpal. Referring to last five years of the outgoing Lok Sabha, both the leaders drew attention to erosion of institutions as the most challenging legacy being left behind by the Congress-led UPA regime.

“The one concern that has arisen is the institutional erosion that happened during this Lok Sabha. It appeared part of government’s mindset whether it was PAC, JPC, CVC, CAG or Parliament,” Swaraj said, referring to Congress members’ alleged attempt to scuttle the PAC inquiry into 2G spectrum allocation and PM’s rejection of her objections to CVC appointment.

Jaitley also charged the Congress of being “arrogant” in pushing issues like Telangana Bill and Land Bill through the Parliament.
The BJP also rejected the possibility of a Third Front, arguing that it has been a failed idea and the country cannot afford it in the prevailing situation.

No hung House, BJP will get majority, says Advani

Senior BJP leader L K Advani Saturday dismissed the suggestions of a hung Parliament after the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and predicted a “best ever” performance by the BJP in the polls. 

Advani suggested that the Narendra Modi-led BJP campaign will be able to surpass its previous best Lok Sabha tally, while the Congress will give its worst performance.

“There has never been such a good atmosphere in favour of the BJP. There has never been such a bad situation for the Congress. The BJP will get the maximum score this time, which will be the best ever in the history of the party,” he said.

“Congress tally is going to be worst ever,” Advani claimed, blaming “malgovernance, corruption and policy paralysis” of UPA-II.

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