BJP to rock the House on corruption

New Delhi, Nov 16 | Updated: Nov 17 2005, 05:30am hrs
Gearing up to put the UPA government on the mat on the Volcker report controversy, the Opposition NDA has decided to raise the issue in a big way in the forthcoming session of parliament.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, BJP deputy leader in the Lok Sabha VK Malhotra said, The coming winter session of the parliament is going to be rocky and will witness a storm. The party has also decided to give the Congress leadership a tough time on the disclosures made by the Volcker report and the Mitrokhin archives.

Referring to the Volcker report charge, Mr Malhotra said that the Congress party and Natwar Singh were non-contractual beneficiaries in the oil for food programme of the UN. Natwar Singh should be removed from the cabinet and Sonia Gandhi should also be removed as the chairperson of the National Advisory Committee.

Terming as childish Ms Gandhis declaration on Tuesday that action would be taken if anyone was found guilty in the oil-for-food programme, he said, The court will punish anyone who is found guilty. Nowhere in the world does a person against whom two inquiry commissions have been set up continue as a minister. Gandhi herself is now in the dock and is trying to distance herself from the issue to save herself and the Congress party.

Interestingly, party President L K Advani had on Tuesday welcomed Ms Gandhis assurance.

The BJP has also moved notices on more than 40 issues to be discussed under rules 183 and 194, which provide for voting, he said.