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Narayanasamy misquoted, misunderstood on CAG: Congress

Posted on Nov 12, 07:36PM | UNI

Denying reports on making Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) a multi-member body, the Congress today asserted that there is no such move to revitalise the constitutional body.

Addressing a news conference All India Congress Committee (AICC) Spokesperson Sandeep Dikshit said, "Mr Narayanasamy himself clarified that he was misquoted or perhaps misunderstood by the PTI correspondent on CAG." "In fact, heading a committee on CWG scam, former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu had suggested that the post of CAG be made a multi-member body," he added.

"Mr Shunglu said a three-member body like the Election Commission, which too was initially a single member body, would obtain greater transparency in its operation," Mr Dikshit added.

He maintained that the government has yet not decided on the recommendation of Mr Shunglu.

Quoting Mr Narayanasamy, PTI has reported that the government is actively considering a proposal to make the official auditor a multi-member body.

In a reply on the remarks of senior RSS leader M G Vaidya over 'infighting' in the BJP and blaming Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for being behind the campaign against BJP president Nitin Gadkari, Mr Dikshit said this is the internal matter of the party.

"We don't want to comment on it as it is the internal matter of the BJP," he said.

He, however, added that Mr Modi is becoming a skeleton in the neck of the BJP, which can neither be swallowed nor vomitted.

In a posting on his blog yesterday, Mr Vaidya said, "When Ram Jethmalani (BJP MP) demanded that Mr Gadkari resign immediately, he also said Mr Modi should be made prime ministerial candidate of the party. This raises suspicion that centre of anti-Gadkari campaign is in Gujarat. And if it is said Gujarat, then the fingers will be raised at Narendra Modi only."