BJP sees Congress ‘plot’ to defame CAG, PAC, House
“It (Singh’s allegations) is an attempt by the government to cover up its corruption by defaming institutions which are the watchdogs of misappropriation of funds,” Joshi said, reacting to Singh’s claims made in an interview to The Indian Express on Thursday.
The BJP backed its senior leader later in the day. “We want to say with responsibility that the government is tainting constitutional institutions like CAG to wash its taint of corruption. But it cannot cleanse itself,” party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
However, having borne the brunt of the Opposition attack over the CAG report, the Congress seized on Singh’s allegations to assert that the BJP stood “exposed”. “Yes, certainly I think so,” Congress president Sonia Gandhi said in response to questions over this.
Joshi, however, insisted the Congress, including Sonia, had got their facts wrong. “These kind of remarks by an important leader are unfortunate. It, in fact, has exposed her and her advisors for not verifying facts before making such remarks,” he said.
Rejecting R P Singh’s claims, Joshi said the retired officer — who was DG, Post and Telecommnications at CAG — “is not a toddler who can be forced to say what he did not want”,