Will oppose move to undermine CAG: BJP
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday said it would oppose tooth and nail any move by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to undermine the independence of the office of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) which with its detailed analyses has put the Manmohan Singh regime in a dock on various issues.
A day after Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy rubbished a news agency report quoting him that the government is mulling to make the office of the CAG a multi-member body, the BJP said they smelt a rat.
In a press conference here, BJP senior leader and spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said the party "takes serious objection to this very disturbing attempt" made after the government faced a series of embarrassment over the CAG reports on 2G scam, Commonwealth Games scam, Coalgate, Delhi airport privatization, among others.
Prasad said the extensive analysis of financial impropriety of the UPA government confirmed that it is the most corrupt regime India ever had.
He said the UPA wants to make CAG like CBI which is manipulated by the government.
"The BJP seriously apprehends that this remark of the minister is not an off the cuff remark," said Prasad, adding that any effort to make CAG a multi-party body and compromise the Constitutional integrity of this institution would be opposed both inside and outside Parliament.
Earlier, amid a battle of words between the ruling Congress leaders and the CAG over the latter's functioning and independence, a news agency reported quoted V Narayanasamy saying that the government is actively considering to make CAG a multi-member body.
But the minister later vehemently denied the report.
He told reporters that he was completely misquoted by the agency journalist who had called him for an interview but never asked in detail about CAG.
"He put words in my mouth. I did not say that," said Narayanasamy, denying the report.
On Thursday last, Congress leader Digvijaya Singh criticised the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) Vinod Rai on the anti-government comments at the World Economic Forum (WEF) meet and asked why he was not doing anything to stop 'leaks of reports from his office'.
Rai mentioned about brazenness in decision making in the government.
Creating a controversy, Rai had said: "The brazenness with which decisions were being taken is actually appalling."
Congress leader and Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tewari also slammed Rai and said he was part of the same government that the CAG is accused of corruption.