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Naidu slams Congress on CAG issue

Posted on Nov 12, 06:34PM | UNI

Accusing the Congress of weakening Independent institutions whenever it faced any scam, senior BJP Leader M Venkaiah Naidu today flayed the Centre for its reported move to convert the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) into a multi-member body.

Talking to reporters here today, Mr Naidu castigated the Congress-led UPA Government in the wake of media reports quoting Minister of State for PMO V Narayanasamy that the Centre was actively considering converting CAG into a multi-member body.

"Whenever Congress faces scams or criticisms or the government is in trouble, it tries to weaken institutions.

This has been the track record of the Congress Party," he charged.

The Congress and the UPA government were not able to digest an independent CAG, which had indicted the Centre on various issues like 2G spectrum, allocation of coal blocks and corruption in Commonwealth Games.

Hence, they are trying to convert it into a multi-member body, Mr Naidu said and described it as a brazen attempt to muzzle the present incumbent, thereby weakening the institution.

Observing that any move to undermine the CAG would boomerang on the Congress, Mr Naidu said scams would not vanish by painting Constitutional bodies like CAG black.

People would teach them a lesson.

"Scams will not go away by painting the CAG black. Such attempts will boomerang on the Congress", he said.

"During Emergency, the Congress took on the Judiciary and now it is trying to undermine an independent body like CAG", he alleged and referred to the Prime Minister's earlier remarks that the findings of the CAG were disputable and would be challenged before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.