Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Is CM ready for SIT probe into graft charges? Cong hits back

Guajarat EDN
IE 12SEP2012

Reacting sharply to Narendra Modi’s barbs on the government over coal controversy, Congress on Tuesday sought to turn the table on the Gujarat Chief Minister by reminding him of the graft allegations made against his government recently.
“On June 19 this year, a delegation of Congress MPs had met the Chief Vigilance Commissioner and submitted him a 750-page document of 17 scams estimated to be of worth Rs 1.17 lakh crore in Gujarat.
“I want to ask the Gujarat Chief Minister whether he is ready for SIT probe in these allegations. Is this Gujarat model, which he is boasting of?” party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.
Tewari's comments came in response to media queries on Modi's remarks in Mehsana where he asked the Prime Minister to face a SIT probe in the coal block allocation controversy.
Blaming the UPA government for the current economic situation, Modi earlier said the PM should follow the Gujarat model of development. Modi also accused Congress of “misusing” the CBI to target him.
At the AICC briefing, Tewari also reminded Modi of the post-Godhra riots saying, “he is the same CM about whom the Supreme Court was compelled to comment that Nero was fiddling when Rome burnt”.
“There is one real Gujarat, which people of the state are bearing with. There is another, which is a falsehood that the Gujarat Chief Minister and the BJP are serving to people. Had everything been so good in Gujarat, why former BJP Cm Keshubhai Patel would have been opposing Modi? Patel says there is dictatorship in Gujarat and nobody can air his views freely there,” Tewari said.
To a question on whether Rahul Gandhi will campaign in Gujarat like in Uttar Pradesh, Tewari said election in every state is fought on the basis of local issues and all senior leaders, who are given the responsibility to campaign there, will do it.
“Gujarat Congress is ready for the electoral fight in the state. This imaginary picture is being projected by Modi just to hide his shortcomings,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress president Arjun Modhwadia dubbed Modi’s yatra as political “tamasha’’(drama) at public exchequer.