NDA will soon decide strategy for budget session: Gadkari

Sunday, January 30, 2011

CHENNAI - Indicating that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could stall the budget session of parliament too over the demand for a parliamentary probe into the 2G spectrum scam, party chief Nitin Gadkari Sunday said the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will soon meet to decide its course of action.

“The CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) is now Congress Bureau of Investigation. We have no faith in it. The NDA would soon meet and decide on stalling the budget session of parliament,” Gadkari told reporters here.

Demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the spectrum scam, the opposition disrupted and washed out the entire winter session of parliament.

On the new telecom policy announced by Communications Minister Kapil Sibal, Gadkari said it should have transparency.

“The 2G spectrum scam has damaged India’s image and a transparent policy is needed to set right the damage,” he said.

Wondering what had made Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appoint P.J.Thomas as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Gadkari said Thomas has to go. He charged the government with filing a false affidavit in the Supreme Court that the committee that selects the CVC was not aware of the corruption case against Thomas.

He said the Congress party is adopting a contradictory stand on the issue of black money.

Terming Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s statement that black money holders should be brought to book “a big joke”, Gadkari said he wanted to know what prevents the government from declaring the names of the people who have stashed their ill-gotten wealth in foreign banks.

The BJP chief also said Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj would visit Vedaranyam in Tamil Nadu to study first hand the hardship faced by the Indian fishermen on the high seas.

Terming as an “eye-wash” the visit of Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao to Sri Lanka to hold talks on the Sri Lankan Navy attacks on Indian fishermen, Gadkari accused the Congress of not being serious about stopping the attacks.

He also asked the DMK government in the state to give bullet proof jackets to the Indian fishermen to protect themselves against the Sri Lankan Navy.

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