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BJP denies Sonia claim of conspiracy in attack on PM


The BJP on Tuesday hit back at Congress president Sonia Gandhi for alleging that there was a conspiracy in the opposition’s attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.


Stating that Gandhi had not “done her homework properly”, it pointed out that many Congress leaders had themselves expressed concern over the UPA government’s image and functioning at its working committee meet a day earlier.


BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “We got to know that some people in the CWC meet did speak about issues. In spite of 40-plus Congress expressing deep concern over the image of the government and the PM, Sonia Gandhi is running away from the truth. To live in chronic denial is in the Congress’s DNA.”


“What do you expect us to do when the worst scams happen right under the PM (Manmohan Singh) and he does nothing? We owe it to the people to articulate our views,” he added.


Prasad reminded Gandhi that she had promised to act against corruption at the Congress conclave in Burari in Delhi last year, but was now seeing the BJP’s allegations of corruption against the government as a conspiracy. “Are A Raja (who was jailed in the 2G scam) and Suresh Kalmadi (jailed for CWG irregularities) BJP members?”


He said the Central Vigilance Commission had asked the CBI to probe the alleged scam in allocation of coal blocks over 2006-09, when the PM was heading the ministry, after two BJP parliamentarians complained about it.


During the CWC meet on Monday, Gandhi had said: “The recent baseless allegations against the Prime Minister, the UPA and the party seem to be part of a conspiracy.”


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