'Frustrated BJP diverting attention from Gadkari issue': Manish Tewari
Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on Wednesday lashed out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for questioning Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's role in the coal blocks allocation, and said that the main opposition party was reiterating old allegations in an endeavor to divert public attention from the fresh accusations against its party chief Nitin Gadkari.
"I think the obvious frustration of the Bharatiya Janata Party is getting reflected through the articulation of their chief spokesperson. Now, the fact is that the BJP is a house divided; there are factions, which are at each other's throat. They desperately need to divert attention from the warfare, which has broken out within their ranks," said Tewari.
"So, therefore they are regurgitating old allegations, which have been decisively answered. If someone wants to refer back to the previous briefings, each of the issues, which have been raised today, has been conclusively and decisively answered," he added.
Tewari asked the BJP to come clean on all the accusations imposed on Gadkari.
"So, today the shoe is really on the other foot. It is for the Bharatiya Janata Party to come clean on the various issues, which have been put in the public space with regard to the President of the BJP. These issues have not been put in the public space by the Indian National Congress or the government, they have been put in the public space by independent media organisations," said Tewari.
"So, therefore rather than try and divert attention rather than going to a self-exoneration process rather than being the judge, jury and prosecutor themselves; it would be much better if the Bharatiya Janata Party answers each of these issues which have been raised with regard to the transactions of its president by independent media organisations," he added.
BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad earlier today took potshots at Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra in connection with the land deals and also raised fingers at the Prime Minister's role in connection with coal block allocations.
"The BJP would like to ask straight questions from the Congress and the Prime Minister. Daily we see about the wrongdoings of Robert Vadra and also his patron companies in Rajasthan and Haryana as to how lands were allotted in complete violation of rules and purchase was facilitated. Why an honest probe is not being done including in the role of those state governments? The Congress Party is maintaining a conspicuous silence," said Prasad.
"Why the role of Dr. Manmohan Singh as the Coal Minister also apart from being the Prime Minister from 2006-09 when most of the wrong allocations were done is not being examined by the CBI? Is the Prime Minister accountable or not because ultimately as the Coal Minister he will have to take the final authority for all these allocations," he added.