Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tewari questions BJP’s double standards in Parliament

LUDHIANA, February 23:

Ludhiana MP and the national spokesperson of the Indian National Congress Manish Tewari today questioned the dual standards of the Bhartiya Janata Party on various issues particularly the corruption and terror, saying while the party preached one thing it practised something else.

Speaking during the thanks motion on the President's address in the parliament today, Tewari regretted that too much politics was done during the last four months primarily targeting the BJP although without mentioning the party (the BJP) by name.

Amidst lot of interruption from the opposition benches, he strongly defended the party's stand on corruption while pointing out, it took no time in seeking the resignation of the Maharashtra Chief Minister on the Adarsh issue and also from Suresh Kalmadi following the reports about some wrong doings during the organising of the Commonwealth Games.

Compared to that, the Congress MP asked the BJP what steps had it taken in the Karnataka where its Chief Minister was facing serious corruption charges. Similarly in Chhatisgarh a company was leased a mineral mine the same day it was founded in New Delhi. He also questioned granting land worth Rs 65 crores on lease to Khushabau Thakre Trust in Madhya Pradesh just for Re one.

Referring to the 2G Spectrum issue, he regretted that too much politics was being done by those people who did not even know the 'S' of the Spectrum. He said, the issue needed to be viewed in proper context. He said, credit goes to the UPA government for ensuring that the mobile phones have reached to every nook and corner of the country.

The Congress spokesperson also referred to the incidents of terror in which some organisations claiming themselves to be nationalistic have been allegedly involved. He asked them to introspect and think what will happen to the idea of India if terror was encouraged and supported like that.

Speaking on the food inflation, Tewari said, it was with the efforts of the UPA government that the food inflation had come down from 20 per cent to 8 per cent. However, he said, the issue needed to be looked in the broader context as during the last twenty years the population of the country had increased by 34 crores while the

resources had not increased in equal proportion. This is simply an imbalance in the demand supply ratio that has led to price rise. However, he asserted, still the UPA government was taking measures to curb it and had succeeded a great deal.

The Congress MP strongly called for increasing the Gross Domestic Product. Maintaining that it was being said that twenty-first century was supposed to be the Asian century, he said, it was important that India's GDP increased. He pointed out, the GDP of India was 1.5 trillion dollars, while China's was 5.5 trillion dollars and that of the US 14 trillion dollars. He said, this gap needs to be shortened.

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