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BJP targets PM, demands Raja’s interrogation, arrest

New Delhi, Nov 20 (IANS) Accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of ‘silence’ and ‘inaction’ in the 2G spectrum controversy, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Saturday demanded interrogation and arrest of former communications and IT minister A.Raja, who resigned this week under pressure from the Opposition.

Talking to media persons here, BJP spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad fired several questions at the prime minister, about why the 2G spectrum was allowed to be sold at 2001 prices and why did he keep quiet when cut-off date for open licence applications was ‘arbitrarily’ advanced in 2007.

Releasing three letters of correspondence between the prime minister and Raja, Prasad wondered why Manmohan Singh did not call for the entire file relating to 2G spectrum and record his displeasure over blatant violation of norms.

Referring to Raja’s Dec 26, 2007, letter to the prime minister, Prasad said Raja had talked of taking ‘pre-emptive and pro-active decisions’ to avoid further delay and confusion.

‘Inferences will be drawn from the language he (Raja) has used,’ Prasad said.

He said the 2G spectrum issue had been debated and discussed in parliament many times and the party wanted action from the government.

‘Now we want action, not debate. All the persons in the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry should be interrogated. Raja also should be interrogated and arrested. All beneficiaries and patrons of Raja should be investigated,’ Prasad said.

Stepping up attack on Manmohan Singh, Prasad said the ‘orchestrated praise about the prime minister’s integrity cannot wash away the stain of inaction and indifference’.

‘It is a glaring case where Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is patently involved in the conspiracy of silence, culpability of inaction and guilt of gross indifference when nation’s wealth was being plundered by a minister right under his nose by a massive abuse of system, and yet he looked the other way.’

He said it was surprising that ministers and Congress leaders had suddenly come to the defence of prime minister over the scam which has led to a colossal loss of Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the nation.

‘However, this sudden playing of ‘raag darbari’ cannot hide stark facts,’ Prasad said.

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