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Sibals frontal attack on CAG to shield Raja

Guwahati: BJP on Saturday accused Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal of making a `frontal attack` on the CAG by rejecting its estimates of losses of Rs 1.76 lakh crore on account of 2G spectrum allocations and dubbed it as a move aimed at shielding A Raja in the scam.

"The frontal attack on the CAG is designed to save Raja in the 2G spectrum scam", BJP Spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told a press conference here.

The BJP leader also observed that by debunking the CAG`s projection of losses caused by the scam, Sibal has sought to "overreach the Parliamentary process."

"The Congress is trying to divert attention from the corruption issue. I will like to ask why you are afraid of JPC? What you want to hide", Prasad wondered.

Sibal had yesterday rejected CAG estimates of losses of Rs 1.76 lakh crore on account of allocation of 2G spectrum to telecom operators saying it had no basis and was utterly erroneous.

The CAG had said that due procedure was ignored and even the recommendations of the telecom regulator TRAI were not followed in spirit.

Prasad urged UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi "not to fire bullet points" like limiting the discretionary quota of the MPs and take action against corrupt leaders.

"The country is mired in corruption and I will urge madam Gandhi to fight against the menace and put the culprits behind bar," Prasad said.

In a broadside against Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and veteran Congress leader Digvijay Singh, he said "insurgency has no religion but leaders like Rahulji and Digvijay Singh are unfortunately making statements aimed to create mischief over the issue".

The BJP leader said the proposed vision document for the North Eastern region, which will be prepared by the party, will include all the issues including construction of big dams in China and "its adverse downstream affect" and infiltration across Bangladesh borders.

Senior BJP leader and PAC Chairman Murli Manohar Joshi earlier criticised Sibal for debunking CAG estimates of losses of Rs 1.76 lakh crore on account of 2G spectrum allocation, saying it was "improper" and demonstrated his "very casual" approach.

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