Chidambaram's role in 2G scam merits serious probe: Advani
Currently on a Jan Chetna Yatra against corruption, Advani also questioned Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's integrity and leadership alleging that his government had "no capacity left to respond to" multi-crore scams that took place "under his nose and, from all accounts in his knowledge".
His comments came in the wake of a Delhi court framing charges on Saturday against all the 17 accused in the 2G scam including former telecom minister A Raja, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam member of Parliament Kanimozhi and corporate honchos.
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Image: BJP leader L K Advani during his yatra in Raipur
'Why did PC concur with Raja's decision to allot spectrum at 2001 prices?'
"Despite elaborate attempts at a cover-up, the role of former finance minister and incumbent Home Minister P Chidambaram, clearly merits serious investigation," he said.The BJP leader said what prompted the finance ministry to change its stated position on auctioning scarce spectrum "remains an abiding mystery."
"Why did Chidambaram concur with A Raja's decision to allot spectrum in 2008 at 2001 prices, days after giving an opinion to the contrary,," he asked.
"I demand that the Supreme Court-directed investigation into the 2G Spectrum scam must be extended to probing his role and that of officials of the finance ministry of the time," Advani said.
Image: Home Minister P Chidambaram
'Manmohan Singh regime has no capacity left to respond to challenges'
"Just on Saturday, the Delhi high court has admitted the final chargesheet presented by the CBI against 17 persons in the massive 2G Spectrum scam. The prosecution has filed the charges under sections of the law that entail life imprisonment for the accused if they are found guilty of criminal conspiracy to loot the country's resources," he said.
"The prime minister prides himself on his personal integrity. However, the fact that the loot happened under his nose and, from all accounts with his knowledge, puts a serious question mark on his leadership," the BJP leader said.
Image: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
'Yatra is for restoration of value system in governance'
Advani reiterated that his yatra is for the restoration of a value system in governance "that we seem to be losing"."The cancer of corruption is destroying the soul of our great civilisation," he said and pointed out that the siphoning off of public funds is at the root of runaway inflation.
Advani also said incredible amounts of black money have been taken out of our country and stashed away in Swiss banks and other tax havens abroad."I raised this issue way back in 2009 but the UPA regime has shown no interest in pursuing this criminal diversion of funds," he said.
Image: Thousands of BJP supporters gather to show their support to Advani's yatra