Congress lashes out at BJP over coal block stand

Lashing out at the BJP for its stand on the coal controversy, Congress on Wednesday alleged that there was a clear similarity between the anti-Bofors campaign and the present one on the coal blocks allocation.

"Between 1985-1990 there was a campaign after the CAG report on Bofors against Rajiv Gandhi with foreign journals also publishing articles and there is a similar pattern to it from 2009 to the present times," Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh who is also in-charge of the party affairs in Uttar Pradesh said.

The CAG report on Bofors could not be proved even by the non-Congress governments at the Centre and now since 2009-2012 there is a similar campaign on 2G and coal allocation, Singh said.

A pattern to the coverage in the foreign media can also be seen between these two periods, Singh said alleging that it has been BJP's design to scream out to make a false incident into an issue.

Recalling as to how the then CAG, T N Chaturvedi went on to become a Rajya Sabha MP, Singh alleged that perhaps the present incumbent is also trying to follow in his footsteps.

Singh asserted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA government believed in complete transparency.

Union Health Minister Gulam Nabi Azad also lashed out at the BJP for stalling the proceedings of the House on the coal allotment issue stressing that had they really wanted the truth to come out before the people they would have opted for a debate.

Unlike earlier occasions when the Opposition demanded a debate, this time the government and the Prime Minister were ready for it, but not the Opposition, specially the BJP, as they knew that it would expose them and they would not be able to face the people, Azad said.

Azad said during Emergency, family planning was made into a major issue and again Bofors was made an issue during Rajiv Gandhi government by launching a false propaganda and now an anxious BJP is trying to exploit these issues as it knows that work done by the UPA government in the past seven to eight years would get it a third term.

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