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2G irregularities happened during NDA rule, says Sibal

Source: PTI
December 15, 2010 18:38 IST
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Refusing to be defensive on the 2G spectrum scam, Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal on Wednesday hit back at BJP for raking up the issue, alleging that "irregularities" had taken place during the Vajpayee government and these would be exposed within weeks.

"I wish to ask (BJP leader L K ) Advaniji, when was the (spectrum) policy made, in 1999 when they were running a caretaker government," Sibal said on the sidelines of a function here referring to Advani's attack on the government over the 2G scam.

Hitting back at BJP, Sibal said, "Irregularities took place at that time (in 1999). Just wait till we expose those in a few weeks."

Terming as "political" the opposition's demand for a JPC probe, the minister said, "Parliament is there to debate and if opposition says we will not debate, is it fare?" He attacked Advani for saying that Congress does not have any argument on the 2G scam.

"I would like to ask Advaniji how come you know Congress has no argument without having a debate in Parliament."

Sibal also targeted the media for highlighting only the scams and not reporting the "good things" done by his ministry.

"Ask them (media) how many have mobile phones. There are 70 crore (700 million) mobile phones in the country. This is not a small thing. The call rate is on 30 paise or 50 paise per minute. There is no not a single country where the call tariff is as low," he said.

"In 2001, teledensity was 3 per cent. In 2005 it was 9 per cent and today 61 per cent. This achievements are not smaller in any way but these good things are not reported by media. This is the achievements of UPA government. Even a farmer can use a mobile today," he said.

When asked about his being upset with media, he said, "I am happy with media. Whatever scams you show, it is good, if there is any and is being probed by CBI. One-man committee is also probing. But you should also show, the good things which happened in telecom sector," he said.

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