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Advani flays PM for comments on phone tapping


Marya Shakil, Bhupendra Chaubey,CNN-IBN
Dec 14, 2010 at 10:49pm IST

New Delhi: Hours after the Prime Minister spoke on phone tapping, on Tuesday, Senior BJP Leader LK Advani came out all guns blazing. Charging the UPA of being in the grip of lobbyists, he accused the PM of not knowing what was going on within the government.

Quoting the Prime Minister's comments on looking for solutions for technology to prevent access of telephone conversations, Advani raised questions on the matters that the Prime Minister should be worried about.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had, on Tuesday spoken out for the first time on the Nira Radia tapes controversy, in a bid to address the concerns of corporate India. He asked Cabinet Secretary KM Chandrasekhar to look into the issue and report the submit within a month.

The Prime Minister said tapping of phone conversations should be exercised with utmost care.

Singh said that he was aware of the "nervousness" in the corporate sector over the powers to tap telephone for protecting national security, prevent tax evasion and money laundering.

"I am aware of the nervousness in some sections of the corporate sector arising out of the powers conferred upon the Governmental authorities to tap telephones for protecting national security and preventing tax evasion and money laundering. While these powers are needed in a world that we live in, they have to be excercised with utmost care and under well defined rules, procedures and mechanisms, so that they are not misused," Manmohan Singh said on phone tapping issue.

The NDA has also planned a nationwide campaign against corruption. Ironically, it has left out Bengaluru from the list of places where it will hold rallies against corruption. The stain of land scam on Yeddyurappa is perhaps still fresh.

The year 2010 has produced several embarrassing moments for the UPA. With corruption stains all around and the Government struggling to come out with any immediate solution, the battle between the Government and the opposition is bound to intensify.

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