BJP steps up attack on Cong, puts four-point poser to Sonia

New Delhi: Stepping up attack on the Congress after it targeted its president Nitin Gadkari, the BJP on Friday put a four-point poser to Sonia Gandhi, questioning her silence on the various scams.

Seeking an apology from the Congress party for the "shameful, sub-standard and uncivilised" attacks on Gadkari, BJP chief national spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the ruling party, saying it is used to the "darbar culture" and is unable to digest the fact that a common worker can rise to the level of national president in the opposition party.

Asking Gandhi to explain why she had "remained silent" on matters concerning corruption in the 2G Spectrum case, the Commonwealth Games scam, the Adarsh Cooperative Housing scam and the Delhi minister`s indictment by the Lok Ayukta, the BJP said it expected Sonia Gandhi to reply to the questions posed to her, "if she was serious and sincere in the fight against corruption".

Alleging that the Congress president`s claims of tackling corruption seriously were a mere eyewash, Prasad said, "There was nothing wrong in the BJP chief`s comments on Congress president that her claims of fighting corruption were hollow.

"The nation understood everything as the Congress president fears many skeletons would come out in case she went ahead with dealing against corruption sternly."

He said the outburst reflected that a "cornered Congress has become deeply frustrated" on the issue of corruption.

The BJP asked Gandhi "why she kept quiet when Rs 1.76 lakh crores of public money was looted in the 2G scam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was giving a clean chit to the then Telecom minister A. Raja".

Prasad also questioned "her silence when Rs 70,000 crore of public money was looted in the name of Commonwealth Games and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was lambasting the Shunglu Committee report, even when it had serious allegations against her."

He also raised the issue of important files pertaining to the Adarsh Cooperative Housing Scam being lost under curious circumstances.

In his last poser, Prasad questioned Gandhi on why "she kept quiet after the Lok Ayukta indicted Delhi minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for his abuse of authority and recommended his removal, even while the Congress government got a collusive recommendation from the President to get the Lok Ayukta report rejected".

Justifying Gadkari`s comments, the BJP deplored the "shameful, sub-standard and uncivilised" attacks made by the Congress against him and sought an apology from the Congress.

"A cornered Congress has become deeply frustrated as far as the issue of corruption is concerned and therefore the kind of uncivilised and below standard comments are being made against the BJP national president, which are deeply regrettable and condemnable," Prasad said at a press conference.

He said such attacks were coming from Congress leaders as they were not used to the democratic culture of the BJP.

"The Congress is used to the Darbar culture, where only a member of a particular family could become the national party president and they are unable to digest the fact that a common worker can rise to the level of the party`s national president," Prasad said.

"We are proud of this democratic culture, where a partyman from the grassroot level can rise to such a level.

This can only happen in the BJP," he said.

Earlier, the BJP spokesman also sought an apology from Gandhi and prime minister Manmohan Singh over a Delhi minister`s comments on Raj Ghat and Mahatma Gandhi.

"This is like playing a cruel joke with the pride of the Father of the Nation," he said

Without naming the Congress minister, Prasad said use of language by him on Raj Ghat and Mahatma Gandhi was deplorable, as it was "an inhuman satire" on the pride of the father of the nation.

"Both the Congress chief and the PM owe an apology to the nation over such comments," he said.