BJP calls Rahul's remark hypocrisy

BJP calls Rahul's remark hypocrisy

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday described Rahul Gandhi’s disapproval of a decision of the Maharashtra government on Adarsh scam report as “hypocrisy”, saying his “occasional detachment” from the “wrong-doings” of his party’s government will not help the Congress make any impact in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Being an “important functionary” of the ruling Congress, Gandhi was not in a position to claim himself as “an outsider” to escape from the “shames” of his party’s government, the principal opposition said.

"Rahul Gandhi's utterances are a command performance of hypocrisy.... Now when elections are approaching, this occasional detachment from the shames of the government is not going to make any impact,"  PTI quoted BJP's deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad.

Even though Gandhi was a very significant decision maker in his party and could even call an Ordinance a "non-sense", he "always” maintained a “conspicuous silence" over a series of cases of corruption including Common Wealth Games (CWG) scam which surfaced during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s regime, he said.

"He did not utter a single word when lakhs and crores of public money was being looted by ministers and leaders of his government. He did not stop the Adarsh scam report from being rejected by the Maharashtra government. He cannot escape accountability of the wrong- doing of his government which he could have prevented had he chosen so," he charged. Prasad also used the opportunity to question the Congress president’s silence on the 2G spectrum allocations case and a controversial probe into it by a joint parliamentary committee (JPC).

Gandhi maintained a “complete silence” when Congress leaders and JPC chief P C Chacko "shielded the corrupt in 2G scam in a collusive report, seriously objected to by the opposition", the BJP leader charged.

“He remained silent when a person like P J Thomas was appointed the Chief Vigilance Commissioner,” he added.

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