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'Congress is not the agency for distributing honesty certificates,' says BJP

New Delhi, Fri, 22 Apr 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 22(ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said that the Congress party has no right to comment on others' honesty or dishonesty when party itself is swimming in the pool of corruption.


Hussain made the statement while addressing a news conference in New Delhi.


"Digvijay Singh (congress leader) is not distributing the certificates of honesty. Congress is not the agency for distributing honesty certificates. Today UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government is accused of corruption in the country. It has no moral right to call someone honest or dishonest," Hussain said.


"The people of the country are aware about the prevailing loot in the country in the rule of congress. So, congress has no moral right on commenting others," he added.


While interacting with mediapersons in Lucknow on Thursday, Singh had questioned the credibility of retired Supreme Court judge N. Santosh Hegde, who is Lokayukta of Karnataka, for being unable to check corruption in the state.


For the last few months, the Congress party-led United Progressive Alliance government has come under intense scrutiny over its alleged involvement in a spate of scams exposed by media and vigilance agencies.


The multi-billion dollar scandals, such as 2G telecom spectrum allocation scam, Commonwealth Games fiasco and the Adarsh Housing Society scam, severely dented the image of the government, rattled markets and froze the entire winter session of the Parliament.


The extent of corruption and financial malpractice unearthed in these scams have triggered fierce public and political outcry against the Congress leaders and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has been criticized by many for not taking 'concrete' steps in bringing the guilty to book.


Hussain further accused Congress for playing dual politics and for the instability in the statements given by its leaders.


"Today, the whole country has stood against corruption. When we demanded Joint Parliament Committee (JPC) probe against 1.76 trillion telecom scam then the whole session did not run and even when JPC was created, congress raised many objection over its members. And now when bill is drafting for Jan Lokpal then also congress is playing its dual politics over it," Hussain said.


He also said that the BJP declared its full support to the Lokpal Bill and urged the government to draft a strict Bill to instil a sense of fear among perpetrators of graft cases.


The Bill, drafted by social activists, stipulates that probe in any graft case will have to be completed in one year, and punishment would be a jail term of minimum five years and maximum for life. (ANI)


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