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Corruption in UPA a ‘small scale industry’: BJP

Posted on 24 July 2013 by admin

Divya Kaeley

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Sunday said with slew of graft cases surfacing during the UPA government, corruption has taken the shape of a “small scale industry”, and the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be a fight between morality and immorality. “Upcoming Lok Sabha election will not just be a political fight but a ‘Dharam Yudh’ (fight for justice) between morality and immorality,” said the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Speaking on the graft cases, he reprtedly said, “With 2G, coal scam, Bofors scam running into several lakhs of crores, corruption during the UPA government has taken a form of small scale industry.”

On the other hand, the Congress on Sunday blamed Gujarat riots for creation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, a remark slammed as “reprehensible” by BJP which accused it of playing the communal card for vote bank politics. ”Indian Mujahideen (IM) was formed after the Gujarat riots, says NIA in its charge sheet. Even now BJP and RSS will not desist from their communal politics?,” Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said on microblogging site Twitter.

The BJP on Sunday attacked Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed for his tweet that it was the 2002 Gujarat riots that led to creation of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying none should justify the “murders” or “help the enemies of the nation”.”It is a stupid argument. Pakistan had been funding these outfits so please desist from helping enemies of the country…. Too much of tweeting will lead to quitting,” BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu told reporters.

Taking a jibe at Narendra Modi and his ‘marketing gimmicks’, Union Minister Sachin Pilot says that the Gujarat leader is capable of taking credit for even the businesses set up by Gujaratis across the world over the past many decades. The young minister also dubbed the state government’s investor summit, ‘Vibrant Gujarat’, as a marketing blitz with “exaggerated numbers”, and said that Modi should understand that “taking credit and delivering are different things”.

 BJP, which had so far maintained that it was not unduly bothered about denial of American visa to Narendra Modi, today said it will appeal to the US Administration to lift the travel ban on him. Addressing a press conference here, party President Rajnath Singh said he would take up the issue with the US lawmakers in Washington during the week.

Ruling himself out of the prime ministerial race, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Sunday virtually anointed Narendra Modi as its man to the top job if the party comes to power after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He also claimed that the party will get more allies nearer elections and after the polls too. The developmental issues rather than the Ram Janam Bhoomi dispute would dominate BJP’s poll campaign.

BJP on Saturday hit out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his government’s alleged failure to use Rs 463 crore of central funds meant for mid-day meal scheme and asked him to clarify why this money was not used to provide better and clean food to students.

BJP, whose 17-year partnership with JD(U) broke last month, also charged Kumar has not been seen in public since the death of 22 children after consuming mid-day meals in Chappra district of Bihar. The party said he had not bothered to visit the families of the kids who died.

Terming as wrong perception that Sangh is ideological fountainhead of BJP, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said the essence of its activities is to build a strong India with Hindutva at its core. “Many misgivings about Sangh is prevailing in the society for different reasons and people talk about Sangh without knowing about it or essence of its activities,” Bhagwat said while addressing a gathering on the eve of Shravan Poornima.

Meanwhile, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi is in favour of seeking people’s views in formulating the party’s manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha elections a move the BJP ridiculed saying the electorate want a Congress-free country. According to Indian media, in one of the closed-door meetings with party leaders recently, Gandhi said the party must incorporate what the people want in the manifesto and it should be finalised by seeking their views and not sitting in offices.

“It should have the involvement of people,” Gandhi is learnt to have said.

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