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Name mole or change book title, Congress to Jaswant
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | August 01, 2006 11:59 IST
The Congress party has asked former external affairs minister Jaswant Singh to either provide the name of the mole to the nation or change the name of his book to A Call to Dishonour, Abhishek Singhvi, noted Supreme Court lawyer and Congress spokesman told newsmen at a press conference in New Delhi on Monday at Parliament House.
"Let him change the name of the book to A Call of Dishonour because he has been misleading the nation to sell his book. He has resorted to misinformation in Delhi and Mumbai in order to boost the sales of his book," he said
Singhvi charged that the so called mole in former prime minister Narasimha Rao's government is Jaswant's own brain child. "His mole is still in his mind and is struggling to come out," he added.
He charged Jaswant for destroying the reputation of certain individuals. "He is gulity of criminal misconduct as he kept the information to himself and did not share it even with his own prime minister. He resorted to falsehood," Singhvi charged.
Bharatiya Janata Party's parliamentary spokesperson Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that whatever was to be said on the issue has been said by Jaswant on the floor of the House and the chairman of Rajya Sabha Bhairon Singh Shekhwat is seized of the matter. He would consult with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Jaswant and set up time and date for a debate on the letter issue involving the mole.
"The party stands by his statement," Malhotra said.
Sitaram Yechuri took at a dig at Jaswant by saying that if the author of the book did not know about the identity of the so called mole, then how could anyone like him (Yechuri) know the indentity of the American spy in the Prime Minister's Office in 1996.