Hyderabad: Stating that the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre was totally immersed in corruption and repeatedly committing mistakes to cover up the crime, the senior BJP national leader, Mr Bandaru Dattatreya, on Thursday took a serious exception to the silence of the UPA chairperson, Ms Sonia Gandhi, and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, on the corruption charges against the six Union ministers, who were cooling their heels in judicial custody.
Speaking to mediapersons in the State party office here, Mr Dattatreya felt that the silence of Ms Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh was encouraging the tainted ministers. Alleging that some two lakh crores of rupees changed hands in the Telecom scam and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) asserting that it had collected incriminating prima facie evidence in the scam, the former Union minister said that allowing the minister responsible for the scam in office was a fine example of the Union government’s incompetence.
The former Union minister ridiculed the UPA Chairperson and the Prime Minister for keeping quiet even as the scams were being discussed all over the country. Ms Sonia Gandhi and Dr Manmohan Singh were behaving like three monkeys blind, deaf and mute coined by Mahatma Gandhi, he quipped.
Referring to the Telangana movement that was rocking the region for several years, Mr Dattatreya demanded that the Union government shun its escapist tactics and declare its clear decision without wasting a minute. He pointed out that the Telangana issue was not a new one as it originated in 1969 and the agitations were rocking the State since then. While the agitation for bifurcation of the State was in full swing since the last seven years, instead of solving the issue once and for all, the Union Home Minister, Mr P. Chidambaram, neglecting the burning issue saying that it was a sensitive and complex issue was high deplorable and it shows his irresponsible behaviour, he added.
Mr Dattatreya also questioned the Union Home Minister as to why he had announced on December 9, 2009 that process of carving out separate Telangana has started when he felt that the issue was sensitive and complex one. He also criticized the Union government for taking the issue very lightly even when 103 MLAs, 13 MPs and 10 ministers submitted their resignations en masse for State bifurcation in an unprecedented manner.
Stating that the ministers who had resigned from their MLA posts went to Delhi and returned empty-handed, Mr Dattatreya felt that the ministers should have submitted their papers to the Governor instead of the Speaker. Stating that the State was facing unprecedented political crisis warranting President’s rule, the BJP leader slammed the State and Union governments for posing as if nothing has happened. He also warned that the legislators, MPs and ministers who have submitted resignations would face ire of the people if they failed to get their resignations accepted by the Speaker.