Congress trying to use CBI to harass us, claims BJP

July 28th, 2011 - 10:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Thursday said the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was a tool in the central government’s hands to harass them, soon after the Congress demanded a probe by the agency into the Karnataka mining scam.

While party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman accused the central government of trying to harass the BJP-led state government by talking about a CBI probe, party general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Congress was neck deep in scams and accused the prime minister for maintaining a conspiracy of silence.

Sitharaman said the Congress-led government was trying to harass the BJP’s state government through the CBI.

“This is an attempt to keep the heat on the issue on, we all know how the CBI is used as a tool by the government,” she told IANS.

Sitharaman said the BJP, as promised, had taken action by deciding to sack Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa after the Lokayukta indicted him for illegal mining scam in the state.

“As per promise, we have responded on the Lokayukta report. Now that the BJP has taken a stand, they have no answer,” she said.

She also rejected the Congress charges of the move coming too late.

“Let me just remind the Congress, which is calling it too little and too late. What is the action on (Delhi government minister) Rajkumar Chauhan, who was indicted by the Lokayukta and is still continuing?” she said.

She said the CBI was a political tool which the Congress was again attempting to use against the BJP.

“It has repeatedly been proven that the CBI has been the government’s tool to harass opposition parties. An example is the Sohrabuddin case (in Gujarat),” she said.

Prasad accused the prime minister of maintaining a conspiracy of silence. “He has some moral responsibility,” he said.

He said that the Congress-led central government had to its credit the biggest scam since independence - the 2G spectrum allocation scandal.

“The 2G scam is the biggest scam since independence, the finance minister is involved and the prime minister is not even ready for taking responsibility,” Prasad said.

He also ruled out any possibility of president’s rule in Karnataka. “There is no need for president’s rule in Karnataka,” he added.

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