Congress to expose opposition’s ‘motives’

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

NEW DELHI - Signalling its intention to forcefully counter the offensive of the opposition parties on the issue of corruption, the Congress said Tuesday that it will go more actively to people in the coming days to “expose their motive”.

“The Congress is ready for every challenge and will go to people more actively in the coming days and expose the motive and intention of the opposition,” general secretary Janardan Dwivedi said here.

He attacked the opposition, particularly the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for the wash out of the winter session of parliament on the demand for joint parliamentary committee probe into the 2G spectrum allocation.

“The session that has just passed will perhaps be remembered differently…Never before any Opposition in the country has behaved this way as it did during this session.”

Dwivedi also said that an attempt was being made to create some distance between the Congress and the prime minister.

“There can be no bigger lie than this… There can be no better coordination between the Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) and prime minister as it exists today. In contrast, NDA (National Democratic Alliance) should reflect what relationship existed between their prime minister and deputy prime minister,” Dwivedi said.

He referred to Gandhi’s address Monday at the party’s parliamentary party meeting where she said the Congress was firmly behind the prime minister.

Congress sources said that the plenary later this week will reflect the party’s strategy to take on the opposition, which has decided to hold rallies across the country in support of its demand for a JPC.

Both the NDA and the Left parties have said they will hold rallies to mobilise public opinion against the government on the issue of corruption.

The plenary Congress session is also expected to discuss the party’s preparations in states facing assembly polls next year including Kerala, West Bengal, Assam and Tamil Nadu.

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