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Centre silent in the face of multiple scams : Naidu

Burdwan/Singur (WB): Dubbing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as the `mouni muni` (silent spectator), senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday accused the Centre of remaining unmoved despite thousands of crores swindled in different scams.

"One scam after another rocked the country in recent times. Thousands of crores were lost in Commonwealth, IPL, 2G spectrum and Adarsh Housing scams. But the UPA government remains unmoved and our Prime Minister remains the mouni baba," Naidu said at a BJP meeting in Burdwan town.

Allleging that ill-gotten wealth worth crores was stashed in foreign banks, he wondered why Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee was not disclosing the names of Indians who had hidden their black money in tax havens abroad.

Even UPA partner Trinamool Congress was keeping silent over the matter and "it is difficult to fathom why Railway minister Mamata Banerjee who raises her voice on all issues is quiet on the matter of corruption," Naidu said.

He also reiterated that the BJP`s stand on a JPC to probe the 2G spectrum issue remains undiluted.

Turning to reports of alleged Trinamool Congress-Maoist nexus, Naidu said in Singur, "Why Mamataji is not immediately clarifying her party`s relation with Naxalites."

"Though at times she had denied the charges, the perception should be categorically dispelled by her….we had seen how the Congress came to power in Andhra Pradesh in the past with the help of Maoists," Naidu said.

The BJP leader even charged Congress with taking the help of ULFA to form the government in Assam.

The former BJP President, however, questioned the role of CPI(M) in the economic development of West Bengal and blamed the left for the backwardness of `jangalmahal (the jungle Maoist-dominated belt of three Bengal districts) as well as the rest of Bengal.

"In Singur, the squabble of CPI(M) and Trinamool drove away industry and one can see the sorry state of affairs in the area," he said, adding the future of Bengal cannot be secure in the hands of either side.

Naidu came to these two places in Hooghly and Burdwan districts in connection with the `jan jagran yatra` of state BJP.

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