The Congress on Wednesday criticised the BJP for “dragging” the name of party chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Commonwealth Games mess. “Soniaji and the Prime Minister have nothing to do with it. The BJP wants to do politics in their names,” Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters here.
Dismissing the Opposition’s allegations against the Prime Minister and Mrs Gandhi, he said, “On one hand the BJP talks of culture, on the other hand it dragged their name into the issue. It was not proper for the BJP to rake up her (Mrs Gandhi’s) name into the matter when she was abroad for a treatment,” Mr Alvi said. Rejecting the Opposition’s demand that heads should roll following the report by Comptroller and Auditor-General into the CWG mess, he said all the NDA ministers would have had to resign if any CAG report was made the basis for seeking their ouster.
“Even during the NDA time, there was no ministry about which the CAG had not pointed out issues of financial irregularity. Had only the CAG report been made the basis of seeking resignations, then perhaps no minister of NDA would have been spared,” Mr Alvi claimed.
Asked why there were two yardsticks, one for the Congress and the other for its ally, as former communications minister A. Raja had to go even before the CAG report was out into the 2G issues, Mr Alvi said that matter was different.
“Investigations were carried out in the case of A. Raja. His resignation was correct. Now the issue is in court. It will decide what was right or wrong,” he said. Asian Age